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Herself you shall adore

From an early Mike Richter CD-ROM, “Odd Opera” comes this gem, a live performance of Handel’s Semele at Carnegie Hall on February 23, 1985, the 300th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Conductor: John Nelson
Semele: Kathleen Battle
Juno/Ino: Marilyn Horne
Jupiter: Rockwell Blake
Iris: Sylvia McNair
Cadmus/Somnus: Samuel Ramey
Athamas: Jeffrey Gall
Apollo: Walter MacNeil
Chief Priest of Juno: James Patterson
Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Gala Handel Opera Chorus

57 comments

  • Krunoslav says:

    Jeffrey Gall was phenomenal in his final “Despair no more”-- more applause than Battle got for “No no I’ll take no less”--which sealed his fate as far as appearing on the studio set was concerned.

    here: 2:51.55

  • La Valkyrietta says:

    In February 23, 1985, I was not even in New York City, I hate to say, Carnegie Hall was the place to be on that day. Divine.

  • danpatter says:

    This was a great way to spend the morning, listening to this splendid performance from nearly three decades ago. Yes, it is in some ways better than the commercial recording made five years later. Thanks so much for posting this. “Odd Operas” is a Richter CD-ROM I don’t have. What other goodies are on it, I wonder?

  • OpinionatedNeophyte says:

    Significantly “cleaner” audio of Battle’s arias. I wonder if this YouTube poster has the whole thing….

  • Marcello says:

    Next week is Horne’s 80th birthday!

  • No Expert says:

    I do like Battle as Semele. But my sister took me to see Sills’ Semele with the Cleveland Orchestra when I was jut a kid, and I will never, ever forget it.

    • OpinionatedNeophyte says:

      Who can blame you.

      • OpinionatedNeophyte says:

        Sills whole Semele is on Youtube. Holy shit, she basically re-writes Myself I Shall Adore. Its both too much and *everything!* all at once.