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Semele - Auckland

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell

Fame and immortality. Mythology goes to church in this unique staging of Semele inside Auckland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess and Jacqueline Coats.

Handel’s score is an opera and oratorio hybrid.  Unlike his much more famous Messiah, this work was considered profane when first performed. Drawn from Ovid's Metamorphoses, and turned into a libretto by Congreve, the sensual story explores a love triangle between Jupiter, King of the Gods, his wife, the goddess Juno, and his lover, the mortal princess Semele.