ST. PETERSBURG, FL – St. Pete Opera is staging, Semele, Handel’s glorious music and story of unbridled love, jealousy, and revenge, with an an energetic modern makeover. The opera features Australian-Armenian opera singer Christopher Nazarian, in the role of Cadmus.
Semele, the latest mortal dalliance of Jupiter, becomes convinced that she won’t be happy until she is made immortal. Opposing her plan is Juno, Jupiter’s long-suffering wife, who schemes Semele’s downfall.
Handel’s brilliant English opera, set to a comic libretto by Restoration poet William Congreve, shows a full range of innocent love, nearly unchecked libido, jealous rage, ambition, regret and triumph.
The score includes such familiar favorites as “Where e’er you walk,” “Iris, hence away!” and “Myself I shall adore.”
The cast features:
- Semele – Holly Flack
- Jupiter – Kyle Tomlin
- Juno – Sara Couden
- Cadmus – Christopher Nazarian
- Athamas – Ryan Belongie
- Iris – Stephanie Jabre
The play is sponsored by, Bud & Betty Shapiro. It will be sung in English with English text above the stage.
The play runs on February 4th, 6th & 8th at The Palladium Theater, 253 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. For tickets, click here or call the box office at 727-823-2040.