ACIS & GALATEA

ACIS & GALATEA

Programme Notes

A nine venue nationwide tour of Handel’s pastoral tale Acis & Galatea with Music Director Peter Whelan and director Tom Creed, orchestral music played by Irish Baroque Orchestra, with Opera Theatre Company.

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Written in 1717, one of Handel’s most treasured works, Acis and Galatea is a high point of baroque repertoire. It tells a pastoral tale of the love between Galatea and Acis. Their joy and passion for each other is established through lyrical arias and joyous ensembles. But things become darker with the arrival of 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.

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.

Sung in English, Acis and Galatea is directed by Tom Creed, with stage design by Paul O’Mahony, lighting design by Aedín Cosgrove  and costume design by Catherine Fay.

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Saturday 25 March- Wexford- National Opera House
Monday 27 March- Kilkenny- Watergate Theatre
Sat 1 April- Tralee- Siamsa Tire
Mon 3 April- Waterford- Theatre Royal
Wed 5 April- Dun Laoghaire- Pavilion Theatre
Friday 7 April- Limerick- Lime Tree Theatre
Sunday 9 April- Dundalk- An Tain
Tuesday 11 April- Dublin- O’Reilly Theatre
Thurs 13 April- Navan- Solstice Arts Centre

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