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In a world of politics, lust, violence and murder, Queen Semiramide rules over Babylon - a broken society in which the desires and cravings of the elite are destroyed by their own intrigues and machinations. It's a world waiting to be punished. Having murdered her husband, Semiramide seized power with her lover Assur. Meanwhile Arsace, the son Semiramide thought was dead, returns to court as a young soldier. As Semiramide falls in love with her own son, the ghost of his murdered father, King Nino, warns that crimes must be avenged. With echoes of Oedipus, Phaedra, Hamlet and Macbeth, Semiramide is Shakespearean in its atmosphere. Rossini's use of the chorus is masterful and evocative of classical Greek drama, propelling the action as the tragedy unfolds.

Music Rossini. Lyrics Gaetano Rossi (after Semiramis by Voltaire).

Archive listings for Semiramide

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Sung in Italian with English surtitlesProducer Royal Opera House. Producer Bavarian State Opera. Conductor Antonio Pappano. Director David Alden. Design Paul Steinberg. Costume Buki Shiff. Lighting Michael Bauer. Design Robert Pflanz (video). Choreographer Beate Vollack. Company Royal Opera Chorus. Company Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Performer Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide). Performer Ildebrando D'Arcangelo (Assur). Performer Daniela Barcellona (Arsace). Performer Lawrence Brownlee (Idreno). Performer Jacquelyn Stucker (Azema). Performer Balint Szabo (Oroe). Performer Konu Kim (Mitrane). Performer Simon Shibambu (Nino's Ghost).
19 Nov 17 to 16 Dec 17Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L134775507


In Semiramide, Rossini's music achieves an epic power that makes this melodramma tragico among his most intense and passionate scores. Renowned Rossini interpreter Alberto Zedda conducts Nigel Lowery's inventive production, laced with contemporary political allusions. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Duration: 4hrs 20mins approx.Company Vlaamse Opera. Company Royal Opera Copenhagen. Conductor Alberto Zedda. Director Nigel Lowery. Design Nigel Lowery. Costume Nigel Lowery. Lighting Lothar Baumgarte. Other Yannis Pouspourikas (chorus master). Other Luc Joosten (dramaturgy). Other Ute Haferburg (dramaturgy). Performer Myrto Papatanasiu (Semiramide). Performer Hadar Halevi (Arsace). Performer Josef Wagner (Assur). Performer Robert McPerson (idreno). Performer Igor Bakan (Oroe). Performer Julianne Gearhart (Azema). Performer Eduardo Santamaria (Mitrane). Performer Charles Dekeyser (L'ombra di Nino).
25 Aug 11 to 27 Aug 11Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L151163319

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