By Georg Friedrich Handel
libretto by Newburgh Hamilton
Dec 4, 6, 7 & 9 2002
Semele was our first opera in December 2002. Chosen for it’s entertaining story, gorgeous music (including the much loved Where e’er you walk) and beautiful orchestra and chorus work it got us off to a great start.
A wonderful cast included Anna Ryberg as Semele, Angus Wood as Jupiter and Sally-Anne Russell in the double role of Ino and Juno. Director Justin Way and designer Samantha Paxton gave the work a 1960s flavour that sat very well with the piece. The production sparkled from start to finish and the audiences loved it.
Cast & Crew
Anna Ryberg Semele
Sally-Anne Russell Ino/Juno
Tobias Cole Athamus
Angus Wood Jupiter
Stephen Bennett Cadmus / Somnus
Belinda Montgomery Iris
Shelli Gilhome Cupid
Paul McMahon Apollo
Craig Everingham Priest
Sirius Ensemble – Anna McDonald, leader
Reviews & Testimonials
A rejoicing in the everlasting power of love.
Cantllation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.
Dubbed the "Victory Aria", Juno (Sally-Anne Russell) gloats upon the success of her revenge on Jupiter.
Sally-Anne Russell, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.
Semele's pride and ambition is all lost and gone, much to the people's wonderment.
Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.