Acis & Galatea
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL
THE EARLY OPERA COMPANY PRESENTS ACIS & GALATEA – A SEMI-STAGED CONCERT
Acis, a shepherd and Galatea, a nymph, are blissfully in love. Their idyll is darkened by a louring cyclops, the giant Polyphemus, who stalks Galatea. He is obsessed, and burns with brutish lust . When his grotesque serenades fail to draw Galatea he simply crushes Acis to death with a boulder. There follows one of Handel’s most breathtaking musical moments as he depicts a transcendent and mystical process: as Acis dies he is transformed, through Galatea’s love, into a bubbling spring, and returns to the natural world.
For its first performance in 1718 in the garden at Cannons on the outskirts of London, for the Earl of Carnavon, young Handel brought/brings to this, his first English masterpiece, all the astonishing variety of invention which later secures his recognition as one of the all time greats of opera composition. The music is always accessible, infectious and affecting. The moods move poignantly from pastoral lyricism to grim tragedy with a heart lifting ending.
Iford Arts is truly delighted to welcome back Christian Curnyn and the familiar virtuosi of Early Opera Company for Handel’s 1718 pastoral serenata Acis and Galatea. The cast for this staged concert performance includes several Iford favourites: Anna Dennis as Galatea, Nick Pritchard as Acis, Jorge Navarro Colorado as Damon and Edward Grint as the brutish giant Polyphemus. The music is always accessible, infectious and affecting. It features one of Handel’s most breathtaking musical moments as he depicts a transcendent and mystical process: as Acis dies he is transformed, through Galatea’s love, into a bubbling spring, and returns to the natural world.
We are thrilled to present the performance in Holy Trinity Church, by the river, in the heart of Bradford on Avon. Built in the 12th century, it has recently undergone a £2million transformation and we are excited to be able to use it for this unique occasion. The performance will celebrate our Founding Creative Director, Judy Eglington and her extraordinary achievements over the past twenty five years. Book early. We anticipate high demand for this event.
‘Find anything happening in period opera in the UK and Curnyn will be involved, whether it’s conducting at the Wanamaker, ROH or ENO, recording Handel or directing his own projects’ Alexandra Coghlan
- Conductor: Christian Curnyn
- Orchestra: Early Opera Company Ensemble
- Acis: Nick Pritchard
- Galatea: Anna Dennis
- Damon/Coridon: Jorge Navarro Colorado
- Polyphemus: Edward Grint
- David de Winter: Chorus Tenor
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Booking & Event Information
£29 Restricted view seats
Doors open: 6.15pm
Performance starts: 7pm
Interval: 20 minutes
End approx: 9pm
Under 18s go free: Up to two free Young Adult tickets per Full price ticket. Discount will apply automatically when appropriate tickets are added to the basket. Subject to availability.