Great Hall
Took place on Sat 30 Sep, 2.30pm (BSL Interpreted)

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Semele | Blackheath Halls Opera 2023

£30| £25 | £19 | £10 under 12s
Great Hall
Took place on Sat 30 Sep, 2.30pm (BSL Interpreted)

Our flagship annual Community Opera 2023

Once again we are proud to present our wonderful opera production with a cast of exceptional professional singers  joined onstage by our 80 strong chorus, made up from members of our community aged 8-80+ accompanied by the Blackheath Halls Orchestra.


Semele Francesca Chiejina
Jupiter Thando Mjandana
Juno Katie Bray
Cadmus and Somnus Matthew Rose
Athamus Owen Willetts
Cupid Garreth Romain
Ino Hannah Leggatt*
Iris Molly Joynson*

Jupiter Youth Company
Charlton Park Academy

Director Harry Fehr
Conductor Chris Stark
Set Designer Elliott Squire               
Costume Designer Zahra Mansouri        
Lighting Designer Chuma Emembolu 

This performance will be BSL Interpreted

BSL Interpreter: Becky Barry

*Trinity Laban student

How tempting are the trappings of glamour, celebrity and immortality?

It’s her wedding day, but Semele is caught in a quandary. Should she marry the safe, steady option her father approves of? Or should she elope with the glamorous, exciting alternative – who happens to be Jupiter, the King of the Gods?

Stifled by her dull and uninspiring community, she cannot resist the lure of life Jupiter promises and she escapes to a new world of parties and pleasure.

But there’s a stumbling block lying in wait: Jupiter’s wife. Juno will not stand the humiliation of a philandering husband, and plots to bring about Semele’s downfall. With the help of the other gods, and her own cunning, she will ensure that Semele’s dalliance with the A-list will be brief…

Music by George Frederic Handel
Text based on an existing opera libretto by William Congreve
Performed by arrangement with King’s Music

Additional performance dates:
Tue 26 Sep 7.00pm
Thu 28 Sep 7.00pm
Sun 1 Oct 2.30pm

Running time approx: 2hr 45 mins including interval



Meet Our Cast

Blackheath Halls Opera is excited to welcome some exceptional principal singers for Semele, led by Royal Opera House Jette Parker alumna Francesca Chiejina in the title role, who has recently performed in ‘Aida’ at the Royal Opera House. Joining Francesca are mezzo-soprano Katie Bray (Cardiff Singer of the World Audience Prize 2021 and recently Rosina in Garsington Opera’s ‘The Barber of Seville’), and tenor Thando Mjandana (recently Tamino in Welsh National Opera’s ‘The Magic Flute’). Blackheath Halls Opera is also thrilled to welcome back past Opera Patron and internationally-acclaimed bass Matthew Rose, who will sing the roles of Cadmus and Somnus.