Handel Semele

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7:30pm
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:00pm
Symphony Hall

“Harry Christophers is the Handelian of the moment.”
The Observer

Its plot rife with sexual politics and satirical insights into lust, ambition, power, and marital infidelity, Handel’s bold opera was a bit too much for its day despite its richly sensuous score. Since Semele’s rediscovery in 1925, though, it has become a favorite of opera houses around the world; its first H+H performances since 1999 are a fitting finale to a memorable season-long musical journey.

Harry Christophersconductor
Sarah Tynan, soprano (Semele)
Jeremy Budd, tenor (Jupiter)
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone (Cadmus/Somnus)
Tim Mead, countertenor (Athamas)
Paula Murrihy, mezzo-soprano (Ino/Juno)
Mireille Asselin, soprano (Iris)
Woodrow Bynumbaritone (priest)
Stefan Reed, tenor (Apollo)

Program Notes


Join H+H Historically Informed Performance Fellow Teresa M. Neff forty-five minutes before your performance in Higginson Hall in the Cohen Wing for Musically Speaking with Teresa Neff, a pre-concert conversation on Handel Semele.

Handel: Semele

Audio Preview

“Where’er you walk” from Semele
English Concert Orchestra
Andrew Manze, conductor
Mark Padmore, tenor

“Endless pleasure” from Semele
English Chamber Orchestra
John Nelson, conductor
Kathleen Battle, soprano

“Avert these omens” from Semele
English Baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor