The Glyndebourne Experience

Semele, George Frideric Handel

Hosted Event
1530 – 2200 hours

Glyndebourne Opera Festival

A special occasion for like-minded individuals and couples to share one of Britain’s finest summer opera experiences and enjoy one the season’s premier productions. This is a fully hosted event ensuring a warm welcome, engaging conversation and an enriching time for everyone. Our private party will all be seated together in the auditorium and we have picnic tables reserved on the croquet lawn, which are under an open-sided sail canopy, so we can still people watch and not have to worry about the weather.


George Frideric Handel

Olivier Award-wining director Adele Thomas makes her Glyndebourne debut with the Festival’s first ever staging of Semele.

Semele is engaged, but secretly in love with someone else. Her lover is none other than Jupiter, King of the Gods. When he carries her off his wife Juno devises a scheme that will ensure a swift and brutal end – both to her husband’s infidelity and to Semele herself.

With a plot full of lusty Gods and beautiful mortals, where intrigue and desire take centre-stage, Handel’s Semele combines the drama of Italian opera with the choral splendour and richness of English oratorio.

Sung in English


Semele – Joélle Harvey

Juno – Jennifer Johnston

Jupiter – Stuart Jackson

Iris – Samuel Mariňo

Ino – Stephanie Wake-Edwards

Athamas – Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen

Cadmus/Somnus – Clive Bayley

The Glyndebourne Chorus

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment conducted by Václav Luks.

Inclusive Hosted Event – 28 July 2023

Opera tickets to Semele

Glyndebourne festival programme

Champagne reception with canapés

Luxury picnic with wine and coffee

Reserved picnic tables under a ‘sail’ canopy on the croquet lawn

7 – 9 guests plus hostess

£395.00 per person

Find out more about Glyndebourne here

Find out about The Garsington Experience – Ariadne auf Naxos,19 July 2023 here

Images – James Bellorini


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