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NEW CONCERT SERIES Handel’s Acis and Galatea

Posted on: Thursday, 16th February 2017 @ 5:17pm

West Cork Music will be opening its 2017/18 Concert Series with a special performance of Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music presents Handel’s Acis and Galatea in St Brendan’s Church, Bantry on Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. Click here for more information and to book online.

This concert will be conducted by renowned Baroque specialist Peter Whelan and will feature the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra.

An idyllic romance between two young lovers Galatea and Acis is brutally interrupted by Polyphemus, who is determined to claim Galatea for himself.  When the headstrong Acis ignores warnings that love is only a fleeting pleasure, he ends up putting himself directly in the line of fire.

Sung in English, Acis & Galatea 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. The Acis and Galatea chorus includes Cormac Lawlor, Fearghal Curtis, Peter O'Reilly and Sinead O'Kelly.

Written in 1717 Acis and Galatea is a high point of baroque repertoire and one of Handel’s most treasured works. The opera was first performed in Dublin at Crow Street Music Hall in May 1734. Seven years later Handel received an invitation from the Duke of Devonshire, then Lord Lieutenant in Dublin to present a series of concerts of his most popular English-language works – including Acis and Galatea, to be held at Dublin’s new “Musick Hall” in Fishamble Street between December 1741 and Spring 1742. The subscription concerts were so successful that Handel arranged for the first performance of his newly commissioned oratorio Messiah, to take place that April using many of the performers from Acis and Galatea.

Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council.