Handel - ACIS AND GALATEA
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Handel - ACIS AND GALATEA
Duration: 01:26:29"

Handel - ACIS AND GALATEA

Baroque opera George Frideric Handel

Opera Theatre Company reimagines Handel's pastoral tale ACIS AND GALATEA in a rural Irish pub; an unexpected and strangely appropriate setting for Handel’s glorious music – full of emotion, wit, soaring melodies, enchanting choruses, touching arias and comic moments.

Written in 1717, one of Handel’s most treasured works, ACIS AND GALATEA is a high point of baroque repertoire. Shepherds and nymphs enjoy the pleasure of nature. Galatea, a semi-divine nymph, is in love with the shepherd Acis, and tries to hush the birds that ignite her passion for him. Acis's close friend, the shepherd Damon, provides counsel to the lovers as they pursue each other. The opera shifts from its pastoral and sensual mood into a darker shade as the chorus warns Acis and Galatea about the arrival of a monstrous giant, Polyphemus, who is determined to have Galatea for himself. Acis ignores the warnings that love is a fleeting pleasure and ends up facing the wrath of Polyphemus.

 

 

 

Director Tom Creed creates naturalistic theatre from the most unlikely material. With renowned baroque specialist Peter Whelan as music director, ACIS AND GALATEA is accompanied by the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra and features tenor Eamonn Mulhall and soprano Susanna Fairbairn as the thwarted lovers with bass baritone Edward Grint as Polyphemus and tenor Andrew Gavin as Damon.

Handel’s glorious music – full of emotion, wit and soaring melodies is both elegant and exciting and the enchanting choruses, touching arias, and comic moments in ACIS AND GALATEA will enthrall and delight.

Information

Eamonn Mulhall - Acis
Susanna Fairbairn - Galatea
Edward Grint - Polyphemus
Andrew Gavin - Damon
Sinead O'Kelly - Ensemble Soprano
Peter O'Reilly - Ensemble Tenor
Fearghal Curtis - Ensemble Tenor
Cormac Lawlor - Ensemble Bass
Orchestra - Irish Baroque Orchestra
Composer - George Frideric Handel
Libretto - John Gay, Alexander Pope, John Hughes
Music director - Peter Whelan
Director - Tom Creed
Sets - Paul O’Mahony
Lighting - Aedín Cosgrove
Costumes - Catherine Fay
Choreography - Paula O'Reilly
Associate Director - Eoghan Carrick

Available until

31 October 2017 at 23h59 CET
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The Opera Platform presents Handel - ACIS AND GALATEA from Opera Theatre Company. Starting 14 June 2017 at 19h00 CET, the opera will be available as video on demand.

Subtitles

This opera is a full-length performance offered in addition to our regular programme. Subtitles in six languages will not be provided.