Sémélé is an
operaby Marin Maraisfirst performed on April 9 1709. The opera is in the form of a " tragédie en musique" with five acts and a prologue.
Marais's opera has been published in a modern performing score by France's Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and the full opera was due to be given in Europe during the 2006 summer festival season.
A more well-known oratorio with the same title was later written by
George Frideric Handel. Earlier, another opera, again with the same title, had been composed by John Eccles to a libretto by William Congreve.
Roles and role creators
tenor( haute-contre) Beaufort
*Dorine, soprano Marie-Catherine Poussin
*The grand priestess of Bacchus, soprano Dun
*Adraste, tenor (haut-contre) Jacques Cochereau
baritone Gabriel-Vincent Thévenard
*Mercure, baritone Jean Dun "pére"
*Cadmus, grand priest of Bacchus, baritone
*First shepherdess, soprano Aubert
*Second shepherdess, soprano Daulin
*Third shepherdess, soprano Boisé
A recording of the work under the direction of
Hervé Niquetwas published by the firm Glossa [http://www.shannonmercer.com/semele.htm] .
A recording of instrumental music from the opera, performed by Wieland Kuijken and Montréal Baroque, was to be released in late 2006.
* [http://www.amadeusonline.net/almanacco.php?Start=0&Giorno=9&Mese=04&Anno=1709&Giornata=&Testo=&Parola=Stringa Amadeus Almanac]
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