Projects · Handel Acis & Galatea - Brecon Baroque

Possibly the most famous pastoral opera ever written, Acis and Galatea is a musical masterpiece by one of the greatest composers of all time George Frideric Handel, with words by poet John Gay, best known for The Beggar’s Opera.

Brecon Baroque form a unique performance and educational collaboration with Mid Wales Opera and co-production partners the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to bring you a very special presentation of this beautiful and entrancing opera.

The opera tells an enchanting 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.

Touring from January 2014, the performances feature RWCMD students alongside the professional company.