Sunday, 05. June 2022 11:00 The George Frederic Handel Hall

Semele HWV 58

Oratorio by G. F. Handel in the version in German language by Alfred Rahlwes (in German)

Howard Arman (Handel Prize winner 1996)

Howard Arman (Handel Prize winner 1996)

Music director: Howard Arman (Handel Prize winner)

Soloists: Yeree Suh (Semele, soprano), Johanna Winkel (Iris, soprano), Freya Apffelstaedt (Hera, alto), Henriette Gödde (Ino, alto), Julian Pregardien (Zeus, tenor), Martin Mitterrutzner (Apollo, tenor),
Ludwig Mittelhammer (Morpheus, Kadmos, basso)

Konzertchor Leipzig, Robert-Franz-Singakademie (Handel Prize winner)
Staatskapelle Halle (Handel Prize winner)

In collaboration with Bühnen Halle

Please note the current pandemic-related access restrictions, if applicable. Wearing a mouth-nose protection is recommended.

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Handel, who in 1744 announced Semele as “after the manner of an oratorio”, focuses the action on the mythological story of Semele, who is desired by Jupiter and is finally burned by his divine power. The enthusiastic Mrs. Delany wrote: “Yesterday I was at Handel’s and listened to the rehearsal for Semele. The piece is captivating, quite novel and unlike anything he has written so far…” At the first Handel festival Halle too, it was felt that this work deserved to be performed as the opening piece, in a new arrangement by Alfred Rahlwes.

Staatskapelle Halle (the legal successor to the orchestras that won the Handel Prize: Orchester des Halleschen Theaters des Friedens in 1959, Staatliches Sinfonierorchester Halle in 1960 and Hallesche Philharmonie in 1976) has been an established partner of the Handel Festival for decades. Further featuring a select team of soloists, Konzertchor Leipzig, and the Robert-Franz Singakademie (1976 Handel Prize winner), a performance of the highest order is in store, in which the audience will be taken back to the sounds of Baroque music performance of the 1920s now lost to us. The large-scale choral and orchestral forces performing, moreover, on modern instruments, and the reconstruction specially for this performance of the greatly abridged and rearranged version of Semele by Alfred Rahlwes in German are a commemoration of the opening concert of the Halle Handel Festival on 25 May 1922. The musical direction is in the hands of Howard Arman (1996 Handel Prize winner), who is not only a world-class musician but also has great experience of this kind of musical “revival”.