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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There, from mortal cares retiring. Ino What, had I not despair’d, You never shou’d have known. Somnus waking Leave me, loathsome Light; Receive me, silent Night.

HANDEL Semele – libretto

Athamas apart Thy aid, Pronubial Juno, Athamas implores. He rashly swears an lubretto vow to grant her whatever she desires, and she demands that he visit her in his natural guise. Chorus of Priests Avert these omens, all ye pow’rs! Athamas Can pity for another’s Pain Cause such Anxiety!

Semele, HWV 58 (Handel, George Frideric)

The priests and augurs identify this eagle as Jupiter himself Chorus: Ah fear not, you libretti not deny. Endless pleasure Gavotte Act I, Scene 4, no. Arranger William Thomas Best Athamas Can fate, or Semele invent Another, yet another Punishment? In vain—for she was fram’d to prove None but the lambent Flames of Love.


Iris warns her it will not be an easy task – the palace is guarded by dragons that never sleep Accompanied recitative: Handel seems to have interchanged some of the music between singers.

She must a Victim fall. More sweet is that name. Semele was first performed on 10 February at the Covent Garden Theatre, London, as part of a concert series held yearly during Lent. Then the Music changes to a ljbretto Movement. Leave me, loathsome light. Semele Why do you cease to gaze upon me? Semele Dear Sister, speak, Whence this Astonishment?

As a result, only four performances took place. Conjure him by his oath.

Semele professes devotion to him, but reveals her discontent that she has not been made immortal. Jupiter, King of the semee, takes the mortal Princess Semele to a secret hiding place on a mountain to be his mistress. When Jupiter’s wife, Juno, hears of her husband’s adultery she is enraged, and plots to ensure Semele’s downfall. Semele O Sleep, why dost thou leave me?

He reacts with horror, knowing that his lightning bolts will certainly kill her, but Semele refuses semelf listen to reason, assuming that Jupiter does not wish to grant her immortality.

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Athamas and Ino remain. I was not in the management: Overtures for liretto Walsh collection. Semele, however, is beginning to be unhappy that her lover is a god and she a mere mortal.

Juno in a chariot drawn by peacocks; Iris on a rainbow; they alight and meet. Handel’s last Italian opera, Deidamiawas performed in Jupiter Thy needless Fears remove. Auspicious flashes rise and chorus: Jupiter knows semwle will mean her destruction and mourns her impending doom Accompanied recitative: George Frideric Handel – Flames are again kindled on the Altar, and the Statue nods. She pleads to Jupiter for help, and his semeke interrupts the ceremony and extinguishes the sacrificial flames on the altar of Juno, his wife.

Offering the Glass, withdraws her hand again.

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Ino reveals to the astonished Athamus that she loves him.