Eboracum Baroque return to the Arcola Theatre to present Handel’s pastoral “little opera” Acis and
Galatea, accompanied by a small orchestra of period instruments.
In this intimate space evoking a naturalistic, outdoor setting, the audience are invited to join the wedding celebrations of Acis, a shepherd,
and the semi-divine nymph Galetea. Of course, love’s course never runs smoothly and the couple’s delight is interrupted with the arrival of the wretched giant
Polyphemus, whose jealous love for Galatea causes him to ‘rage’ and ‘burn’. Acis’s fellow shepherds warn him he is unable to overcome the wrath of
Polyphemus, Acis refuses and pledges his eternal love for Galatea. Polyphemus, in witnessing this tender moment, ﬂies into a drunken rage, brutally beating
Acis to death.
The opera concludes with Galatea transforming Acis’s body into a beautiful stream, thus immortalising him in nature.
Recommended for all ages
Running time is approximately 1hr 35mins plus an interval