Semele On Screen


NZ Opera′s production of Semele with Amitai Pati (Jupiter) and Emma Pearson (Semele). Photo credit Garry Brandon

Emma Pearson (Semele)


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


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