Date(s) - 05/08/2021 - 05/20/2021
Pittsburgh Opera Building
Fusing elements of opera, oratorio and classical drama, the dazzling 1794 “Semele” is a signature work of German composer Georg Friederich Handel (1685-1759).
The story is rooted in the Greek myth of Semele, the youngest daughter of the Phoenician hero and monarch Cadmus. This fiery princess is determined to defy her father — who wants her to marry the human Prince Athamas — and instead wed the powerful deity King Jupiter. But the randy Jupiter is only interested in Princess Semele as a sexual conquest and makes an offer they both may regret.
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