Nationwide Tour 25 March - 13 April 2017

A ten venue nationwide tour of Handel's pastoral tale Acis & Galatea with Music Director Peter Whelan and director Tom Creed and featuring the Irish Baroque Orchestra.

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

The performance on Wed 29th March is 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 Book Tickets
Monday 27 March Kilkenny Watergate Theatre Book Tickets
Wed 29 March CONCERT PERFORMANCE Bantry St. Brendan's Church Book Tickets
Sat 1 April Tralee Siamsa Tire Book Tickets
Mon 3 April Waterford Theatre Royal Book Tickets
Wed 5 April Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre Book Tickets
Friday 7 April Limerick Lime Tree Theatre Book Tickets
Sunday 9 April Dundalk An Táin Arts Centre Book Tickets
Tuesday 11 April Dublin O'Reilly Theatre Book Tickets
Thurs 13 April Navan Solstice Arts Centre Book Tickets

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