23 July – 26 August 2023


‘All our boasted fire is lost in smoke’

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About the opera

‘All our boasted fire is lost in smoke’

Semele is engaged, but secretly in love with someone else. Her lover is none other than Jupiter, King of the Gods. When he carries her off his wife Juno devises a scheme that will ensure a swift and brutal end – both to her husband’s infidelity and to Semele herself.

With a plot full of lusty Gods and beautiful mortals, where intrigue and desire take centre-stage, Handel’s Semele combines the drama of Italian opera with the choral splendour and richness of English oratorio. Ovid’s colourful Metamorphoses provides the starting point for a work that scandalised 18th-century audiences, a story of transformations, seductions and illusions that drew new sensuality and ecstasy from the composer.

Olivier Award-winning director Adele Thomas makes her Glyndebourne debut with the festival’s first-ever staging of Semele. Period specialist Václav Luks conducts an exciting young cast.

A new production for Festival 2023. Sung in English with supertitles.

Creative team

Václav Luks

Adele Thomas

Set Designer
Annemarie Woods

Costume Designer
Hannah Clark

Emma Woods

Lighting Designer
Peter Mumford

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Director
Aidan Oliver

Cast includes

Joélle Harvey 

Jennifer Johnston

Stuart Jackson

Samuel Mariño

Stephanie Wake-Edwards

Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Clive Bayley

Supported by a syndicate of individuals
Bring world-class opera to the stage

To find out more about production support for Festival 2023 click here
or contact our Director of Development, Helen McCarthy for an informal chat:
call 01273 815 032 or email helen.mccarthy@glyndebourne.com

Illustration © Katie Ponder

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