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John Eliot Gardiner will be conducting the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in a performance of Handel's sopera Semele.
The lead roles will be played by the soprano Louise Alder, mezzo-soprano Lucile Richardot, tenor Hugo Hymas, countertenor Carlo Vistoli and bass Gianluca Buratto.
This opera is currently on a European tour which has taken in some of the world's most famous concert halls, including the Philharmonie in Paris, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and Rome's Sala Santa Cecilia.
It tells the story of the powerful god Jupiter, who seduces a beautiful mortal called Semele and takes her as his mistress. But then Jupiter's jealous wife Juno discovers the relationship and swears vengeance on her. She plots Semele’s downfall with the help of Somnus, the god of sleep. But then Jupiter transforms into a blazing cloud of thunder and lightning...
John Eliot Gardiner is an English conductor best-known for his performances of baroque music – especially that of JS Bach. He founded the English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
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