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Semele (ii)locked

  • Stanley Sadie

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Opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to a libretto by William Congreve after Ovid’s Metamorphoses; London, Covent Garden, 10 February 1744 (concert performance).

In the early 1740s the performance of oratorios at Covent Garden represented Handel’s chief concert activity in London. His biblical oratorios had some relationship to Greek tragedy and it is perhaps not surprising that he decided to venture into the world of classical drama. It may have been Thomas Arne’s recent setting of Congreve’s ...

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