BGSU presenting Handel’s adult-themed opera ‘Semele’


Bowling Green Opera Theater and the Bowling Green State University Department of Theatre and Film will present Handel’s “Semele” April 5 and 7.

“Semele,” a masterpiece of Handel’s mature period, is considered something of an anomaly in his career: It is an English-language work with a secular text, written at a time when Handel was concentrating on the composition of sacred oratorios. Though never staged in Handel’s lifetime, the dramatic story, based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” telling of the ill-fated love of Semele and Jupiter, lends itself to an operatic treatment. The vocal writing is virtuosic, tuneful and thrilling, and the choral movements are some of Handel’s most beautiful and most exciting. This combination of stirring music and compelling drama makes for a great night in the theater.

“Semele” will be directed by Danielle Wright from Detroit’s Opera MODO and presented at 8 p.m. April 5 and at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre of The Wolfe Center for the Arts.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for non-BGSU students/children in advance. All tickets are $20 the day of the performance. BGSU students are free with ID. Tickets are available online at or by calling 419-372-8171.

This production includes sexual content that may not be suitable for all ages. Please use discretion.

This production is one of the spring premier arts events sponsored by PNC Bank.

To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at, Theatre and Film, 419-3728495. Please notify us prior to the event.