SEMELE. Music by George Frideric Handel. Based on a Libretto by William Congreve. Study Guide for Pacific Opera Victoria’s Production. Semele, HWV 58 (Handel, George Frideric) .. Based on a libretto for an English opera ca after Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with added texts from Alexander. Title page of word-book to Semele. Libretto: Unknown, based on a libretto for an English opera by William Congreve, circa. , from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

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Juno gloats in triumph at her victory. I have found it a most dear undertaking! Ino, Athamas Love, love alone Has both undone. Wing’d with our fears. Semele and Ino having entertain’d each other in dumb Shew, sit and observe the Rural Sports, which end the second Act.

A pleasant country, the prospect terminated by a beautiful mountain adorn’d with woods and waterfalls. How various, how tormenting, Semeke my Miseries! Act 1 Kibretto Act 2. Ino Of all; but all, I fear, in vain. Apollo Apollo comes to relieve your Care, And future Happiness declare. Far off his Lightnings scorch me. Dance of Satyrs exeunt omnes. Hereā€”hold, I’ll have one Look more. Retrieved from ” http: Some other Object Seems more pleasing. O Sleep again deceive me, To my Arms restore my wand’ring Love.

Your tuneful voice my tale would tell. The God of Sleep lying on his Bed. All celebrate the fortunate outcome Chorus: Of whom dost thou complain? Juno promises he will have the nymph if he will lend her magical aid to put the dragons that guard the palace where Semele is ensconced as her husband’s mistress to sleep and transform her into the likeness of Semele’s sister Ino.


Semele, HWV 58 (Handel, George Frideric)

Ah fear not, you must not deny. But this was no more successful, and after Handel never revived Semele again. While most works had sacred or religious texts, two stand out for being secular: The child will be Bacchus, god of wine and ecstasy, a god “more mighty than libretot.

Overtures for the Walsh collection. Based on a pre-existent opera libretto by William Congrevethe ssmele is an opera in all but name but was first presented in concert form at Covent Garden theatre on 10 February But the audience was confused.

Jupiter Why Sighs my Semele? These fueled an enthusiasm for the work that has not since lapsed. Ah charming all o’er!

Ino Ah me, too much afflicted! The dear Librettp Of my tender Years. Jupiter Come to my Arms, my lovely fair, Soothe my uneasie Care: He lethargically refuses to help Juno, but is enlivened when Juno promises him the reward of his favourite nymph, Pasithea.

Semele was first performed on 10 February at the Covent Garden Theatre, London, as part of a concert series held yearly during Lent. Cadmus leads off Semele, Attendants follow. Why they visionary Joys remove? Mrs Delany called it a ‘delightful piece of music’, but commented, ‘ Semele has a strong party against it, viz. Be wise as you are beautiful, Nor lose this Opportunity.


HANDEL Semele – libretto

Winton Dean writes in hndel book Handel’s Dramatic Oratorios:. Semele professes devotion to him, but reveals her discontent that she has not been made immortal. My fairest, latest, only Love. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. While he meets and embraces Semele, Cupid sings. Semele eagerly accepts this advice.

Semele – George Frideric Handel – Libretto in English –

Semele Shall I my Sister see! Frailty in thee is ornament, In thee Perfection.

When Jupiter enters, in the form of a young man, libretgo tells him how difficult it is for her when he is absent. With adamant the gates are barr’d.

Title page of word-book to Semele. Bush, and Jacqueline Kennedy. Semele awakes and regrets that the dream she was having of being with her lover has ended Aria: Cadmus, Athamas and Semele Of whom semrle thou complain?