7.30pm, Friday 21 February, 2014
Fitzwilliam College Auditorium, Cambridge
Following on from the success of their 2013 tour of Britten's wonderful comedy Albert Herring
("a highlight of my Britten centenary trawl to date" - Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph),
Mid-Wales Opera, in partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, perform one of the most famous pastoral operas,
Handel's Acis and Galatea.
It is a musical masterpiece from one of the greatest composers of all time, with words by poet John Gay, best known for The Beggar's Opera.
The opera tells a story from ancient mythology: Acis is the son of the spirit Pan, Galatea a nymph of the sea. They fall in
love, only to be thwarted by the monstrous Cyclops, Polyphemus. In a jealous rage he murders Acis, leaving Galatea bereft.
In her despair, she turns the blood of her dead lover into a river, forever flowing into the sea.
Mid-Wales Opera and co-production partners the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are joined by members of Rachel Podger's group,
bringing a very special production of this beautiful and entrancing opera.
leader Maggie Faultless
director Nicholas Cleobury
Maggie Faultless violin
Julia Kuhn violin
Alison McGillivray cello
Kate Aldridge double bass
Frances Norbury oboe, recorder
Catherine Latham oboe
Nicholas Cleobury keyboard
conductor Nicholas Cleobury
director Annilese Miskimmon
Jane Harrington Galatea
Oliver Mercer Acis
Eamonn Mulhall Damon
Matthew Stiff Polyphemus
Nicky Shaw designer
Declan Randall lighting designer
All concert information is correct at 26 February 2014.