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Semele, a dramatic oratorio by G.F. Handel, was composed swiftly as ever: within a month Handel finished the composition which was first performed in February 1744 at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden. Handel described the work as “In the manner of an oratorio” since it combines elements of opera, oratorio, and musical drama. The plot is based on the Greek myth of Semele who was visited by Zeus in mortal form and conceived her child (Dionysos).


Georg Friedrich Händel: Semele (HWV 58)

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