Acis and Galatea

Friday 23rd July at 19:00

A concert in the Mozart orchestration

The Coade Theatre, Bryanston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9LH

A musical work by George Frederic Händel • English text by John Gay  • Sung in English with surtitles

Brief Synopsis

Galatea is a semi-divine nymph living in pastoral idyl in a forest near Mount Etna. She is in love with Acis, a handsome shepherd who is equally enamoured. They are separated and long for each other but their happiness is threatened by the monstrous giant, Polyphemus, who is jealously in love with Galatea. Warned by Acis’s friend, Damon, that the joys of love are fleeting, Acis and Galatea ignore the dangers and promise eternal fidelity to each other. Polyphemus is humiliated by Galateas rejection and murders Acis in a rage. Bereft, Galatea summons her divine powers and immortalises Acis.

Composed by Handel, the piece was revised by Mozart in 1788.

Cast & Creative Team

Galatea Elizabeth Cragg
Acis Peter Gijsbertsen
Polyphemus Lukas Jakobski
Damon Kieran White
Conductor Jeremy Carnall
Director Bence Dávid Kaló
Designer Steve Howell
Costume designer Stewart J Charlesworth
Lighting designer Marc Rosette
Chorus Master Stephen Harris
Orchestra Leader David Spencer

Sadly, Tom Smith who was to sing the role of Damon, is indisposed. We are delighted that Dorset tenor Kieran White has agreed to sing the role.