Semele – Garsington Opera – A day of activity and screenings on the beach

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Semele Garsington Opera 2017 Heidi Stober (Semele) with chorus credit Johan Persson

Join us for an evening screening of Garsington Opera’s brand new production of Handel’s famous opera, Semele, an extraordinary love story with a twist, first performed on 1st June 2017, presented by Looping the Loop and Opera for All.

The Guardian’s Tim Ashey describes this new production as “Handel’s celestial opera remade as a Technicolor romcom.” Read his review.

The Evening Standard’s Barry Millington says it is “cracking” and encourages Londoners to travel to see it — read review.

Watch a video with an interview with the director and conductor.

There will be related family friendly activities and excerpts all day – something for all ages to get involved with, from little ones to grown ups – and the professionals from Garsington on hand to explain and involve everyone.

Last year a group of local people became our Community Chorus and appeared in pop up operatic performances around the town, flash mob style! If you would like to join in and have the chance to sing with professional opera singers, and learn from Garsington’s musical director get in touch to find out about advance workshop opportunities: email

Visit the Looping  the Loop website gallery to see some videos and images from last year’s Opera for All event at Ramsgate Festival “The Big Opera Takeover”, which centred on a screening of Garsington’s production of Eugene Onegin.

Find out more about Opera for All. #opera4all #Semele

Part of the Think Big series of events

July 22 2017


Date: July 22
Time: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Ramsgate Main Sands

Harbour Parade
Ramsgate, CT11 8LU

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  • 11 am to 4pm
  • Pop Up Opera: Garsington soprano Belinda Evans and baritone Bruno Loxton lead a company of local singers in a merry selection of pop up scenes, around Ramsgate including: Harbour; York St; Town Centre; Miles Bar corner; Beach café
  • 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Watch short excerpts from Semele on screen and take part in free workshops linked to the story, for all ages. Go to the tents on the beach.
  • 5 pm
  • Screening of excerpts lasting 45mins, to give you a taste of the opera, if you can’t stay for the full evening show. Full details on the day at the Festival Hub.
  • 7.30 pm to 10.15 pm
  • Opera On The Beach - Semele by George Frideric Handel
  • Enjoy Garsington Opera’s dynamic new production of this tale of love, comedy and enchantment on a huge screen. Bring a picnic, a blanket and the beach bar is open, for a magical night!
  • Produced by Looping the Loop.


Garsington Opera
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Looping the Loop
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