Acis & Galatea
by G.F Handel, libretto by John Gay (adapted in part by Debi Wong)
September 15 + 16, 7:30pm & September 17, 1:30pm
The Annex Theatre: 823 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC (behind the Orpheum Theatre)
$30 advance online, via Brown Paper Tickets: http://acisandgalatea.bpt.me.
$40 at the door
General Seating will be in effect.
Can you HANDEL our big GAY Opera?
This 18th century opera is set within a pastoral forest, where a peaceful community of nymphs sing how they are “Harmless, merry, free and GAY”. The beautiful Galatea has been caught off guard by her new found love for another woman – Acis. As this new romance has generated excitement and freedom between them, it must only be explored in the hidden depths of the forest where the ‘community’ is forced underground to avoid the pressures of social persecution. It is only a matter of time before their peaceful harmony is disrupted by the cyclops Polyphemus, who yearns for Galatea. Upon her rejection, he kills Acis as an act of vengeful rage. Alone, Galatea and her community mourn her loss and as an act of love, immortalize Acis by transforming her into a natural memorial.
BC Living Arts
Director, Co-Producer: Alan Corbishley
Dramaturge, Co-Producer: Debi Wong
Set Design, Technical Director: Craig Alfredson
Lighting Designer: Conor Moore
Guest Orchestra: Ensemble Nylandia (Finland)
Acis: Debi Wong
Galatea: Rachel Fenlon
Polyphemus: Peter Monaghan
Damon: Marie Civitarese
The production is supported in thanks by the following sponsors:
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Ensemble Nylandia is supported by: