|Operas by Marin Marais|
Sémélé is an opera by Marin Marais first performed on April 9, 1709, by the Paris Opera at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal. The opera is in the form of a tragédie en musique with five acts and a prologue.
Marais's opera has been published in a modern performing score by France's Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, and the full opera was due to be given in Europe during the 2006 summer festival season.
John Eccles 1707 opera Semele is based on the same myth, and set to a libretto by William Congreve. This libretto (in expanded form) later served as the basis for yet another opera, with the same title as Eccles', by George Frideric Handel (1744). Handel's treatment of this myth is now better known than either Marais' or Eccles'.
Roles and role creators
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, April 9, 1709
|The grand priestess of Bacchus||soprano||Dun|
|Adraste||tenor (haute-contre)||Jacques Cochereau|
|Mercure||baritone||Jean Dun "pére"|
|Cadmus, grand priest of Bacchus||baritone||Charles Hardouin|
A recording of instrumental music from the opera, performed by Wieland Kuijken and Montréal Baroque, was released in late 2006.