Acis and Galatea by G.F. Handel
Tuesday April 11th 2017, 20:00, O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin
Opera Theatre Company presents
Handel Acis & Galatea
Written in 1717, one of Handel’s most treasured works, Acis and Galatea is a high point of baroque repertoire. A pastoral romance between young lovers Galatea and Acis, is brutally rocked by the intervention of Polyphemus. He is determined to have Galatea for himself. Acis ignores the warnings that love is only a fleeting pleasure and ends up putting himself directly in the line of fire.
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.
Director Tom Creed gives the tale a contemporary twist and an updated rural setting, which will resonates deeply with the modern audience. 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.
Sung in English, Acis and Galatea stage design is by Paul O’Mahony, with lighting design by Aedín Cosgrove and costume design by Catherine Fay.