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Published in October 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Festival Hall, 18th October
Fresh from their triumphant performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt at the Proms, the Choir and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform Semele—a baroque oratorio that tells a racier tale of adultery and jealousy, set among the Gods and mortals of Roman myth. Ivor Bolton conducts a starry young British cast, led by rising soprano Louise Alder, who sings the title role, rivalling mezzo Catherine Wyn-Rogers for the fickle affections of James Way’s Jupiter. Semele features some of Handel’s most sumptuous and demanding ensemble writing; the instrumental colours are richer and action more vividly drawn than all but the best of his operas.