Today's Opera: Semiramide
Composer: Gioachino Rossini
The tale, which inspired at least 65 composers besides Rossini, concerns the legendary Babylonian queen who helped a lover murder her husband and then unwittingly chose her own son as the replacement king. Hamlet and Gertrude, meet Oedipus and Jocasta. Although in some versions, Semiramide's life is spared -- the Assyrian legend has her disappear in the form of a dove.
Source: The New York Times 1990
Music historian Jeffrey Engel will present today’s opera talk, offering historical context for the composer and the opera story. In Paris for 14 years, Mr. Engel studied cello, art history and earned diplomas in French. As a cellist he played with orchestras in rance, including the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories. A graduate of Ithaca College, & a teacher at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Mr. Engel brings a rich knowledge of music history to each lecture, with musical excerpts.
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