Handel

Acis & Galatea

this production was impeccable... the idea was at one with the production and the music - joyous and healthy.  Irish Times

both witty and apt... with vivacious style and splendid singing  Opera Magazine

Love, lust and revenge reign in Acis & Galatea. Beautiful goddess Galatea is blissfully happy with her handsome lover Acis, unfortunately for her the brutal giant Polyphemus has his eye fixed firmly on her. He is determined to destroy their idyllic romance and win her for himself.

After a successful tour in June, Acis & Galatea was performed as part of a double bill "Opera at the Castle" in July 2009 with Mozart's Bastien & Bastienne in a co-production with Blackstairs Opera.

Tour Details

15 April Dublin Guinness Storehouse
13 June Downpatrick Down Arts Centre
16 June Derry The Playhouse
17 June Omagh Strule Arts Centre
19 June Belfast Baby Grand @ Grand Opera House
20 June Newry Newry Arts Centre
3 July Kilkenny Kilkenny Castle
4 July Kilkenny Kilkenny Castle

"this production was impeccable... the idea was at one with the production and the music - joyous and healthy."
Irish Times
"both witty and apt... with vivacious style and splendid singing"
Opera Magazine
"Dean Power proved an outstanding Acis, a charming swain who sang his music with notable assurance, while Nicola Mulligan was an equally fine singing-actor as Galatea: "
Opera Magazine
"Opera Theatre Company (OTC), the country's biggest supporter of Handel operas and also a leading exponent of site-specific locations - brought both these elements together for a delightful production of Acis & Galatea."
Sunday Business Post
"exquisitely sung Galatea captured the changing moods of her role to perfection. "
Sunday Business Post
"Also more than equal to the task was exciting young tenor Dean Power (Acis), who displayed convincing acting ability "
Sunday Business Post

Production Information

Acis Dean Power
Galatea Nicola Mulligan
Polyphemus Gavin Ring
Soprano Aoife O'Connell
Mezzo Soprano Christina Whyte
Tenor Ciaran Kelly

Creative Team

Conductor Andrew Synnott
Director Annilese Miskimmon
Designer David Craig
Lighting Designer Kevin Teacy

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