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Opera

Semele

 
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US Premiere
 
Mar 4—Mar 10, 2015
 
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RUN TIME: Approx 3hrs (with intermission)
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By George Frideric Handel
Canadian Opera Company
Conducted by Christopher Moulds
Directed by Zhang Huan

“The Canadian soprano Jane Archibald is a beguiling Semele, and brings a bright, technically agile and appealing voice to a demanding role.”
—The New York Times

A centuries-old Ming Dynasty temple shares the stage with an inflatable puppet, debaucherous monks, sumo wrestlers, and one aroused donkey in the Canadian Opera Company’s East-meets-West presentation of Semele, George Frideric Handel’s sublime operatic adaptation of the titular Greek myth. Chinese visual artist Zhang Huan—renowned for his provocative interrogations of eastern culture—makes his directorial debut, transforming the restored 17-ton temple into an altar, palace, crematory, and heaven to tell of the karmic fate of Semele (performed by Jane Archibald), whose attempt to trade sexual favors for divinity goes up in flames.

Set design by Zhang Huan
Costume design by Han Feng
Original lighting design by Wolfgang Göbbel
Lighting recreation by Willem Laarman

Co-production of Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Brussels and KT Wong Foundation

In English with English titles

This production was made possible by a generous grant from the KT Wong Foundation in association with PACE gallery.

 

Leadership support for opera at BAM provided by

Aashish & Dinyar Devitre

 

 
 
 
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Classes
Master Class: Semele: Behind the Scenes
Sun, Mar 8, 2015
 
Master Class: Semele: Behind the Scenes
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This day-long seminar offers an in-depth look at the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Semele, including the unique challenges involved in bringing a restored 17-ton temple to the BAM stage.

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Member Mingle: Semele
Tue, Mar 10, 2015
 
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Meet fellow Friends of BAM over a glass of wine before Semele.

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