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The English Concert


The English Concert
Harry Bicket, Director
Handel’s Semele

with Clarion Choir, Steven Fox ’00, Artistic Director

Handel’s sparkling opera of divine lust and rage, by a premiere Baroque orchestra joined by stellar soloists.

Spaulding Auditorium




“The Concert’s Handel performances—minimally staged—have been among the best classical music experiences over the past several years.” New York Classical Review

The Hop hosts the US premiere of The English Concert’s semi-staged production of the English-language Handel opera Semele. In this sensuous and sparkling charmer, mortal maiden Semele incites the jealousy of the goddess Juno, resulting in some of opera’s most delicious arias of lust and rage. Coloratura Brenda Rae plays the feckless mortal to mezzo Elizabeth DeShong’s furious goddess. New York’s Clarion Choir, directed by rising-star conductor Steven Fox ’00, gives voice to the choruses of priests, soothsayers, nymphs and others who tunefully witness Semele’s downfall.


Funded in part by the Frank L. Harrington 1924 Fund No. 3.