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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Jupiter I’ll grant what you require.

Semele, HWV 58 (Handel, George Frideric)

The work contains one of Handel’s most famous arias, the lyrical “Where’er you walk” for the tenor, with words from Alexander Pope ‘s “The Pastorals”. Cadmus, Athamas and Semele Of whom dost thou complain?

Come to my Arms, my lovely Fair. What refuge now is left me?

The scene is the temple of Juno. He reacts with horror, knowing that his lightning bolts will certainly kill her, but Semele refuses to listen to reason, assuming that Jupiter does not wish to grant her immortality. Let the Oath you have taken alarm ye: Juno apart Thus shaped like Ino. Thy Vengeance will o’ertake Such Perfidy. Semele But how shall I attain To Immortality? Be wise as you are beautiful, Nor lose this Opportunity.

I ever am granting. Frailty in thee is ornament, In thee Perfection. Snatch her, tear her in thy Fury, And down, down hande the Flood of Acheron Let her fall, let her fall, fall, fall: Semele professes devotion to him, but reveals her discontent that she has not been made immortal.


Cadmus, Athamas, Semele, and Ino.

Handrl Reinhold sang the bass roles. Juno decides that she and Iris will pay a visit to the god of sleep in his cave, in order to get magical assistance to put the dragons to sleep Aria: Semele I ever am granting, You always complain; I always am wanting, Yet never obtain. Semele Can that avail me?

The dear Companion Of my tender Years. Awake, Saturnia, from thy lethargy!

O sleep, why dost thou leave me? Semele and Ino having entertain’d each other in dumb Shew, sit and observe the Rural Sports, which end the second Act. But bind him by the Stygian Lake, Lest Lover-like his word he break.

While most works had sacred or religious texts, two stand out for being secular: A dance of Zephyrs, after which Semele awakes, and rises. However, the bride has been inventing one excuse after the other to put off the wedding and her father and would-be bridegroom urge her to hesitate no longer Duet: I was not in the management: Semele awakes and regrets that the dream she was having of being with her lover has ended Aria: Naxos Javascript not enabled.

As a result, in the early s, oratorios at the Covent Garden Theatre were George Frideric Handel ‘s chief activity.


The child will be Bacchus, god of wine and ecstasy, a god “more mighty than love”. Offering the Glass, withdraws her hand again. Cadmus See, see Jove’s Priests and holy Augurs come: Why they visionary Joys remove? Reviving a libretto that had been written by William Congreve inand possibly with the assistance of Newburgh Hamilton, Handel chose the story of Semele. By that tremendous flood, I swear and she makes him promise to appear to her in his godlike form Accompanied recitative: Jupiter Why Libretot my Semele?

If I deny, my Father’s Wrath I fear. Lord Middlesex was chief. While I retire, rise and meet her, And with Welcomes lbiretto her.

Semele (Handel) – Wikipedia

Semele and Ino meet and embrace. O sleep, why dost thou leave me? Whence cou’d proceed such Tenderness? Then the Music changes to a diiferent Movement. Juno triumphs in the success of her scheme Aria: While a mournful Symphony is playing she looks up and sees Jupiter descending in a black Cloud; the motion of the Cloud is slow. Athamas is now glad to accept Ino as his bride Aria: