Garsington Opera for All

Garsington Opera for All present SEMELE in Skegness on Saturday 1 July.

Garsington Opera for All

SO Festival and Garsington Opera for All are excited to present a free operatic screening of Semele on Saturday 1st July at the Boating Lake, Skegness. The screening will begin at 1.50pm & this year will be preceded by a community pop-up choir event at 1.30pm.

Would you like to be involved? Why not come along and learn a short, easy chorus from Handel's Semele to sing with others directly before the screening? Everyone is welcome to come and join us - no previous experience required! To find out more about this exciting opportunity along with other ways you can get involved with this year's SO Festival, visit

Workshop & Performance

Garsington Opera for All will be running a short workshop before the screening for members of the public to learn a short, easy chorus from the opera. Professional musicians will help participants to learn the words and music, and to find out more about Handel's opera. The pop-up choir will then sing the chorus through at the Boating Lake directly before the screening starts.

SO Festival & Garsington Opera for All are working with a group of local 11-16 year olds on a collaborative design project to create the space in which the screening will take place. Combining the theme of PLAY with the story of Semele the group will design the auditorium & interactive elements for the screening for all the family to enjoy.

Screening of Semele

The free screening of a spectacular opera by Handel Semele will take place on a big screen by the Boating Lake, Skegness. Semele composed in 1744, features some of Handel's most exquisitely beautiful music, with soaring choruses & splendid orchestral writing enhancing this most touching and humorous opera.

Annilese Miskimmon, Artistic Director of Norwegian National Opera, will direct, with Jonathan Cohen making his Garsington Opera debut, conducting a love story with a twist; the god Jupiter is captivated by the beauty of the all-too-human Semele. Inspired by the dramatic & colourful mythological characters, Handel's music is powerfully seductive.

Garsington Opera for All is an exciting three-year partnership between Garsington Opera, the charitable trust Magna Vitae, & the Coastal Communities Alliance, & is supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund.

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© Rosie Banbury, SO Festival 2016


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