20 July 2013
Handel Society Choir Performs Greek Myth Serenata by Handel
The Handel Society Choir performs George Frideric Handel's small opera Acis And Galatea (HWV 49, c. 1718). The English libretto is written by John Gay, composer of The Beggar's Opera.
The charming and tragic love story of Galatea, her beloved Acis, and the sinister cyclops Polyphemus is well-explained in the Mythology Guide. The text of the libretto is available from Opera Glass (Stanford University).
Handel wrote some of his most beautiful melodies for the story of Acis and Galatea, and it was Handel's most popular dramatic work. More about the work can be found at Wikipedia.
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Music License: Public Domain
Artist Location: Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Image: detail of Acis and Galatea, by Nicolas Poussin, c 1626-1628, oil on canvas. National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.