Semele On Screen
Screenings are complete, we’ll keep you posted!
This stunning new opera film, directed by Rebecca Tansley (The Heart Dances), was filmed in 2020 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. The original production was directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess & Jacqueline Coats, designed by Tracy Grant Lord, lighting designed by Jo Kilgour. It features some of New Zealand’s best voices: Emma Pearson, Amitai Pati (SOL3 MIO), Paul Whelan, Sarah Castle, Stephen Diaz, Chelsea Dolman and Sashe Angelovski along with the Freemasons New Zealand Opera Chorus and the Holy Trinity Cathedral Choir. A baroque orchestra under the baton of Peter Walls ONZM brings Handel’s intricate score to life.
The story explores the sensual love triangle between Jupiter (King of the Gods), his wife Juno, and his lover, the mortal princess Semele. As with all mythological stories, this is a story of love, passion, revenge and tragedy – set to some of the most beautiful music Handel ever wrote.
We don’t have any further screenings planned at this stage, but we are in discussions with a number of different parties and hope to update you soon as to where you can view this film. Feedback from those who have seen it has been fantastic.
Creative team for original production
Composed by G.F. Handel
Libretto by William Congreve
Conducted by Peter Walls
Directed by Thomas de Mallet Burgess & Jacqueline Coats
Designed by Tracy Grant Lord
Lighting designed by Jo Kilgour
Chorusmaster Andrew Crooks
Intimacy Director Jennifer Ward-Lealand CNZM
Principal Répétiteur David Kelly