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.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • (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.)

    Bartoli's new Whit

  • "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.

    Time Off in Europe

  • She has recorded 15 complete operas, mostly by Mozart and Rossini, most recently Handel's "Semele" and Bellini's "La Sonnambula."

    Bartoli Channels Malibran

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • "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 and Handel

  • Sex, power, ambition, marital infidelity: Such timeless subjects make "Semele" a prime candidate for updating.

    Sex, Power, Ambition and Handel

  • For "Semele," Opera Boston teamed up with Boston Baroque, a local historical-performance orchestra and chorus, and its conductor, Martin Pearlman.

    Sex, Power, Ambition and Handel

  • 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.

    Sex, Power, Ambition and Handel

  • 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.

    Archive 2006-09-01


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