Handel’s pastoral opera is a tale of tragedy, eternal love and liberation, telling the story of the mortal Acis, the goddess Galatea and their love doomed by the cyclops Polyphemus. Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, it was the first full-scale work that Handel set to an English language text.
This semi-staged performance features internationally-renowned English soprano Sophie Daneman as Galatea, alongside a cast, chorus and orchestra brought together under the banner of the 4th Festival Academy.
Based on the model of the great European Summer Schools, the Festival Academy sees talented young singers and instrumentalists work alongside leading international and Australian Baroque practitioners in rehearsing and performing Acis and Galatea as part of the Festival.
A selection of Peninsula wines will be available for sale (sorry, no BYO). A gourmet BBQ will be available or bring your own picnic.
Musical Director Donald Nicolson
Stage Director and Singing coach Sophie Daneman
Concertmaster Julia Fredersdorff
Festival Academy Soloists & Chorus
Festival Academy Orchestra