Acis and Galatea by Director Gilbert Blin

November 12, 2015 | By FRENCH CULTURE BOSTON

Presented to packed houses in Boston and throughout North America, BEMF is reprising its magnificent production of the original 1718 chamber version of Handel’s cherished pastoral opera Acis and Galatea. Grammy Award–winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and renowned Stage Director Gilbert Blin lead a stellar cast headlined by BEMF’s own Grammy Award–winning tenor Aaron Sheehan as Acis.

Pre-Opera Talk one hour prior to each performance.

About Acis and Galatea

In an idyllic pastoral setting, shepherds and nymphs celebrate their carefree life and the perpetual joys of nature. A nymph of the sea, Galatea, longs to be reunited with her beloved, the shepherd Acis. The Nereid attempts to persuade the birds to cease their cheerful song, as they awaken her desire for him. As soon as she departs, Acis appears, seeking his fair Galatea. The shepherd Damon tries to persuade him to abandon his search and join his fellows in their easy recreation, but Acis now sees Galatea and praises her beauty. Shepherds and nymphs warn the lovers of the arrival of the jealous Polyphemus, the Cyclops, who is intent on having Galatea for himself and will stop at nothing to separate the two lovers.

“Richly staged…musically impeccable.” -The Boston Globe

“An inventive production.” -The New York Times

This performance will occur on the following two occasions:

Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 8pm
Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 3pm

New England Conservatory Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA

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