By Georg Friedrich Handel

libretto by Newburgh Hamilton

Dec 4, 6, 7 & 9  2002

Semele was our first opera in December 2002. Chosen for it’s entertaining story, gorgeous music (including the much loved Where e’er you walk) and beautiful orchestra and chorus work it got us off to a great start.

A wonderful cast included Anna Ryberg as Semele, Angus Wood as Jupiter and Sally-Anne Russell in the double role of Ino and Juno. Director Justin Way and designer Samantha Paxton gave the work a 1960s flavour that sat very well with the piece. The production sparkled from start to finish and the audiences loved it.

Cast & Crew

Anna Ryberg                          Semele
Sally-Anne Russell                 Ino/Juno
Tobias Cole                            Athamus
Angus Wood                          Jupiter
Stephen Bennett                   Cadmus / Somnus
Belinda Montgomery             Iris         
Shelli Gilhome                        Cupid    
Paul McMahon                       Apollo  
Craig Everingham                  Priest

Cantillation, chorus

Sirius Ensemble – Anna McDonald, leader

Antony Walker       conductor 
Justin Way              director
Samantha Paxton  designer
Bernie Tan              lighting designer
Anna Kosky            stage manager


A rejoicing in the everlasting power of love.

Cantllation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.

Dubbed the "Victory Aria", Juno (Sally-Anne Russell) gloats upon the success of her revenge on Jupiter.

Sally-Anne Russell, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.

Semele's pride and ambition is all lost and gone, much to the people's wonderment.

Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker conductor.

It’s a long time since I felt such a buzz among an audience.
— The Sunday Telegraph
Walker elicited as fine a performance as you will hear.
— The Australian