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Semele with Opera Philadelphia


Company Premiere
Music by George Frideric Handel
Libretto derived from a drama by English playwright William Congreve
Performed in English with English supertitles
Part of Festival O19

Rife with themes of unbridled love, jealousy, and revenge, Semele gets an energetic makeover courtesy of visionary director James Darrah (Breaking the Waves). Featuring Handel's most glorious orchestral and virtuosic vocal writing, Semele transports audiences to the world of Greek and Roman mythology and its larger-than-life personas: from lustful gods and vengeful goddesses to fallible mortals.

Perelman Theater 

Thu, Sep 19 - 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 21 - 2:00 p.m.
Tue, Sep 24 - 7:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 26 - 7:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 28 - 2:00 p.m.

The running time is approximately 3 hours including one 20-minute intermission.

Co-production of Opera Philadelphia and Opera Omaha

Aurora Productions in the Perelman Theater are underwritten, in part, by the Wyncote Foundation at the recommendation of Frederick R. Haas.