The Ramsgate Festival begins today with a packed programme including Opera on the Beach

Semele will be screened on Ramsgate main sands Credit: Johan Persson

The Ramsgate Festival kicks off today (July 22) and runs until July 30.

There is a packed programme for today, including Opera on the Beach.

Garsington Opera for All will be presenting Handel’s sparkling masterpiece Semele with short screenings at 3pm and 5pm and the full opera shown at 7:30pm

The Garsington Opera Learning and Participation team and Looping the Loop have been working with a chorus of local singers uncovering the ingredients and foundation of opera – drama, music, story-telling and expressive emotion.

For some chorus members  it has been their first experience of live professional singing and they are now finalising preparations to appear with professional opera singers Bruno Loxton and Belinda Evans to give pop up performances around town during the day – as The Advance Wedding Party for Semele.

Featuring a world class cast of nine, chorus of 28, an orchestra of 34 and eight children, this vibrant production of Semele opened the Garsington Opera season at Wormsley in June.  Directed by Annilise Miskimmon, artistic director of Norwegian National Opera this screening promises to be an event to be remembered.

Credit: Johan Persson

Semele is a love story with a twist in which the god Jupiter is captivated by the all-too-human Semele and entrances her with his promises. In this parable of over-ambition and over-indulgence, Semele flirts with danger and suffers the consequences. Handel’s soaring choruses and beautiful orchestral writing enhance this most touching and humorous opera..

The free screening is made possible through the Garsington Opera for All programme, funded by Arts Council England. The programme delivers free public screenings, In each location a large-scale programme of education and outreach work is firmly integrated with the digital free public screenings and will provide ground breaking opportunities for communities to be involved in creating, learning about, and performing opera.

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