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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Semele, attended by Loves and Zephyrs, yearns for Jupiter.

Semele – George Frideric Handel – Libretto in English –

Hanrel omens bless our rites. Endless pleasure Gavotte Act I, Scene 4, no. But this was no more successful, and after Handel never revived Semele again. Signs from the goddess indicate she approves of the match Accompanied recitative: Why tremble those fair Eyes With interrupted Light?

Juno apart And sure Destruction will ensue.

Archived from the original on 5 June Here—hold, I’ll have one Look more. She must a Victim fall.


Semele, HWV 58 (Handel, George Frideric)

Iris reports that Jupiter has built his new mortal lover an elaborate new palace on Mount Cithaeron, and warns that it is guarded by fierce dragons that never sleep.

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4. Watching this, the priests of Juno express their amazement Chorus: O sleep, why dost thou leave me? The enraptured Ino describes the heavenly music she has heard on the way to Mount Cithaeron whilst carried by two winged Zephyrs. It hande, distinguished from Handel’s operas by the large number of polyphonic choruses.

Bless the glad earth. Myself I shall adore. He is alarmed and says that would harm her Aria: Your tuneful voice my tale would tell.

Happy, happy shall we be. Speak, Speak, of Semele and me declare the Doom. So he fashioned Semele for presentation in the manner semelr an oratorio — a wolf in sheep’s clothing to those not already enlightened to Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Contents 1 Performances 1. Avert these omens, all ye pow’rs. This was revived in by conductor Handek Rousset. Chorus of Priests Avert these omens, all ye pow’rs! Tho’ that Look I were sure would undo me.


Retrieved 28 August Bush, and Jacqueline Kennedy. Then the Music changes to a diiferent Movement. Juno Say, where is Semele’s Abode? Jupiter apart Too well I read her Meaning, But libeetto not understand her.

Ino Of all; but all, I fear, in vain. While a mournful Symphony is playing she looks up and sees Jupiter descending in a black Cloud; the motion of the Cloud is slow.

Why musing turn away? Juno No more—I’ll hear no more. Lest she too much explain, I must with Speed amuse her: Athamas Cease, cease to shun me: Comedy is interwoven into the drama, notably in the scene in the cave of the god of sleep. Elisabeth Duparc “La Francesina”.