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Handel: Semele – Monterverdi Choir / John Eliot Gardiner

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Louise Alder Semele | Hugo Hymas Jupiter | Lucile Richardot Juno / Ino | Carlo Vistoli Athamas | Gianluca Buratto Cadmus / Somnus | Emily Owen Iris | Angela Hicks Cupid | Peter Davoren Apollo) | Angharad Rowlands Augur | Daniel D’Souza High Priest
John Eliot Gardiner

In Spring 2019, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, led by John Eliot Gardiner, presented a critically-acclaimed European tour of Handel’s opera 'Semele', including Alexandra Palace Theatre in London, where this live recording took place. Semele had not been performed by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi ensembles since they originally recorded it in the 1980s and this recording gives listeners the chance to hear a fuller version of the work. 
A glamorous team of young soloists joins the Monteverdi ensembles to bring the story of Semele to life, including celebrated English soprano Louise Alder, who takes on the title role, with the young tenor Hugo Hymas portraying the amorous Jupiter.


Handel: Semele

“The greatest joy of the evening was generated by the wonderfully crisp and rhythmically alert singing of the Monteverdi Choir” Rupert Chistiansen – ★★★★ The Telegraph

Facts DVD Blu-ray

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Region code
All (A1/B2/C3)
Picture format
Full HD 16:9
Sound format
PCM Stereo
dts-HD Master Audio
Total running time
169 mins
English, German, Japanese, Korean
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