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George Frideric Handel 1685 - 1759
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Semele
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- 1744 - Opera seria
Act 1 - Act 2 - Act 3
Libretto
Synopsis
Juno, queen of the gods as well as goddess of marital relationship, and also her attendant messenger, Iris, enter. Iris tells Juno around the "new-erected palace" that Jupiter has actually provided for Semele on Mount Cithaeron (Tright here, from mortal cares retiring). Juno is incensed at her husband"s new love and swears an oath of vengeance, not only on Semele however on all "Agenor"s curst race" (Jupiter"s previous love had been Europa, daughter of the Phoenician king Agenor and also aunt to Semele). Iris advises Juno of the dragons that safeguard Semele"s palace; Juno determines to speak to on Somnus, god of sleep, that have the right to seal the "wakeful dragons" eyes" (Hence, Iris, thus away).An apartment in the royal residence of Semele; she is sleeping, Loves and also Zephyrs waiting.Semele, waking, calls on sleep to return and also restore her erotic "visionary joys" (Oh sleep, why dost thou leave me?). Jupiter, in humale develop, enters and reassures her (Lay your doubts and fears aside); she responds amorously (With fond desiring). All sing of the pains and joys of love (How engaging, how endearing).But Jupiter detects a certain discontent in Semele, which she describes as the consequence of her mortal state in a civilization of divine beings. He is disturbed at her dangerous aspirations to immortality (I should via rate amuse her). All sing in praise of Cupid (Now Love, that everlasting boy). As a distractivity for Semele, Jupiter dispatches his winged Zephyrs to fetch Ino, her sister, from Thebes and also carry her as a companion.


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He then turns the scene right into Arcadia and celebrates rural delights (Where"er you walk).Ino arrives and also defines to Semele her unusual journey and the sweet music she heard (But hark! The heav"nly spright here turns round); the sisters, then everyone, praise the joys of music (Bless the glad earth with heav"nly lays!).
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