by G.F. Handel
Directed by R.B. Shlather"
Produced by Ithaca college MainStage in the Hoerner Theatre — February/March 2016
"THE ITHACA COLLEGE SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS WILL TEAM UP TO PRESENT HANDEL’S OPERA “SEMELE,” A CLASSIC STORY OF JEALOUSY AND FATAL ATTRACTION FROM ROMAN MYTHOLOGY." - SUSAN MONAGAN, ITHACA COLLEGE THEATRE ARTS DEPT.
This opera exemplified the raw emotional desires of both the mortal and immortal characters in the Roman mythology pantheon, while simultaneously turning the world of the play into a surrealist universe of abstract shapes and vibrant color in conjunction and juxtaposition to the brilliantly composed score. This world hyperbolized all ideas of gender, sexuality, desire, physics and metaphysics in concert with high octane emotionality within the music.