Acis & Galatea

Available to stream from OperaVision until 16 Dec 2017


This ten venue nationwide tour of Handel's pastoral tale Acis and Galatea with Music Director Peter Whelan and director Tom Creed and featuring the Irish Baroque Orchestra took place in Spring 2017.

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.

In this production with renowned baroque specialist Peter Whelan as Music Director and accompanied by the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra, tenor Eamonn Mulhall and soprano Susanna Fairbairn perform 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 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

The performance on Wed 29th March was a concert performance in St. Brendan’s Church, Bantry and is produced in association with West Cork Music.

Tour Details

Saturday 25 March Wexford National Opera House
Monday 27 March Kilkenny Watergate Theatre
Wed 29 March CONCERT PERFORMANCE Bantry St. Brendan's Church
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 Táin Arts Centre
Tuesday 11 April Dublin O'Reilly Theatre
Thurs 13 April Navan Solstice Arts Centre

"Opera Theatre Company has a serious pedigree in Handel repertoire and down the years it has shown an adventurous spirit in converting the nobel Prussian’s mythological meanderings to modern taste. "
Sunday Business Post
"Plenty of gorgeously ornate music and arias come quickly on tap with a top form Irish Baroque Orchestra very much on familiar territory here delivering a performance of pure quality that never dipped below dazzling."
Sunday Business Post
"A splendidly entertaining reimagining by director Tom Creed"
Sunday Business Post
"The energy and engagement is palpable… richly expressive… superb"
Golden Plec
"Very rewarding Eamonn Mulhall and Susanna Fairbairn handsomely lead OTC’s well-chosen cast with both spinning their beguiling lines with unfailing graciousness. "
Irish Independent
"Opera Theatre Company's production of the 1718 work was outstanding. The endless joys of Handel’s sublime music were matched by stunning performances both by the Irish Baroque Orchestra conducted by Peter Whelan and by the singers, leaving behind a lasting trail of emotion."
"The daring new experiment by Opera Theatre Company under the direction of Tom Creed does nothing but confirming the universality of great art."
"Tenor Eamonn Mulhall dazzled in the role of Acis, both for his distinctively warm tone and for the psychological depth of his flawless interpretation. Finally the chorus was at any given point powerful and punchy. "
"The show had a really electric feeling about it, and left me wanting to see it again. This one should not be missed and is testament to the creativity and vitality of Fergus Sheil’s Opera Theatre Company. Ad maiora!"
"Simply brims with Handelian favourites, and Whelan gauges their moods and colours with consistent elan."
Irish Times

Production Information

Acis Eamonn Mulhall
Galatea Susanna Fairbairn
Polyphemus Edward Grint
Damon/Chorus Tenor 1 Andrew Gavin
Chorus Soprano Sinead O'Kelly
Chorus Tenor Peter O'Reilly
Chorus Tenor Fearghal Curtis
Chorus Bass Cormac Lawlor

Conductor Peter Whelan
Director Tom Creed
Designer Paul O’Mahony
Lighting Designer Aedín Cosgrove
Costume Designer Catherine Fay
Choreographer Paula O'Reilly
Associate Director Eoghan Carrick

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