Going with the Flow: Handel's 'Semele'


THE HIT SINGLE: "No, no, I'll take no less"

In an Act Three aria filled with nonstop, rapid-fire coloratura, Semele (soprano Jane Archibald) tells Jupiter that she'll accept his love only if he comes to her in his true form, singing, "I'll take no less than all in full excess!"  

THE B SIDE: "Hence, Iris, hence away"

Semele's downfall begins in Act Two, when Juno (mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy) plots with Iris to visit the sleep god, Somnus, for help. She makes her plans in the furious aria "Hence, Iris, hence away, far from the realms of the day!"