So said Jupiter
To Semele; she doubted.
You know where this goes.
Get involved with the Greek gods,
It doesn’t end well.
Tonight, 25 October 2017 at 19:00 CET (GMT +1), operavision.eu and the Garsington Opera will present Handel’s Semele, the story of a mortal woman seduced by Jupiter. Handel filled this oratorio with wonderful arias. However, the audience at the premiere was shocked, as Handel presented this sensual story during the solemn Lenten season.
No previews from tonight’s performance are available, but I really wanted you to hear a sample from Semele, so here is a performance of “Where’er you walk” by John Mark Ainsley.
Semele will be available for a few months after the initial webcast.
Image attribution: Jupiter and Semele by Luca Ferrari [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Luca_Ferrari_-_Jupiter_and_Semele.jpg