from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A daughter of Cadmus, and by Zeus mother of Bacchus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A Middle English form of semble.
- n. In classical mythology, the mother of Bacchus, by Zeus (Jupiter).
- n. In conchology, a genus of bivalves, regarded by some as typical of the family Semelidæ.
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"O sleep, why dost thou leave me?" from Semele is a touchstone of bittersweet.
(The singer is currently starring as Handel's "Semele," with conductor William Christie, at Vienna's Theater an der Wien, in a Robert Carsen production originally seen in Zurich.)
"Semele" stages Handel's opera based on a Greco-Roman myth, staged by Chinese artist Zhang Huan and conducted by Christophe Rousset, leading Les Talens Lyriques orchestra.
She has recorded 15 complete operas, mostly by Mozart and Rossini, most recently Handel's "Semele" and Bellini's "La Sonnambula."
In fact, just about everybody seemed miscast all evening, except during the one bright spot, a duet from "Semele" where the conductor Patrick Summers finally led the orchestra in a reading that didn't sound like it was the first time they'd played it together.
"Semele" (1744) is slam-dunk Handel, full of hit tunes ( "Where e'er you walk" and "Endless pleasure, endless love" are just two of them), a libretto by the playwright William Congreve, and a witty, rather risqué love story that, as is always the case with Handel, is expressed in profoundly moving music.
Sex, power, ambition, marital infidelity: Such timeless subjects make "Semele" a prime candidate for updating.
For "Semele," Opera Boston teamed up with Boston Baroque, a local historical-performance orchestra and chorus, and its conductor, Martin Pearlman.
Boston On paper, Opera Boston's production of Handel's "Semele" had everything going for it: a period instrument orchestra, a standout leading lady, a theater of appropriate size, a talented young director.
My opera-going season begins at 1:30pm at Lincoln Center with a performance of "Semele" by George Fredrich Handel, a stylish and witty comedy of manners about a mortal woman who's courted by no less than Zeus, King of the Gods.
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