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Opera Philadelphia: Semele


Sep 19, 2019 to Sep 28, 2019


Semele is engaged to a prince, but she’s really in love with the king of the gods, Jupiter. This forbidden passion between mortal and immortal brings them endless pleasure and endless love… until his wife, the goddess Juno, plots a fiery finish to their hot affair. 

Handel’s glorious music and story of unbridled love, jealousy, and revenge get an energetic makeover in this new co-production from directorJames Darrah (Breaking the Waves) and a stellar cast led by soprano Amanda Forsythe as Semele, mezzo Daniela Mack (Carmen) as Juno and Ino, and tenor Alek Shrader as Jupiter.  

This production includes brief partial nudity. 

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




View map Perelman Theater
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA

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