Acis and Galatea

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Composer:

Georg Handel

Librettist:

John Gay, Alexander Pope und John Hughes (nach Ovid)

Premiere:

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Language:

English

Synopsis:

Acis and Galatea Synopsis

Libretto:

Acis and Galatea Libretto

Translation(s):

Deutsch

About the opera Acis and Galatea

Acis and Galatea (HWV 49) is a musical work by George Frideric Handel with an English text by John Gay. The work has been variously described as a serenata, a masque, a pastoral or pastoral opera, a "little opera" (in a letter by the composer while it was being written), an entertainment and in the New Grove Dictionary of Music an oratorio. The work was originally devised as a one act masque which premiered in 1718. Handel later adapted the piece into a three act serenata for the Italian opera troupe in London in 1732, which incorporated a number of songs (still in Italian) from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, his 1708 setting of the same story to different music. He later adapted the original English work into a two act work in 1739.
Acis and Galatea was the pinnacle of pastoral opera in England. Indeed several writers, such as musicologist Stanley Sadie, consider it the greatest pastoral opera ever composed. As is typical of the genre, Acis and Galatea was written as a courtly entertainment about the simplicity of rural life and contains a significant amount of wit and self-parody. The secondary characters, Polyphemus and Damon, provide a significant amount of humor without diminishing the pathos of the tragedy of the primary characters, Acis and Galatea. The music of the first act is both elegant and sensual, while the final act takes on a more melancholy and plaintive tone. Unique among Handel's compositional output, the opera was significantly influenced by the pastoral operas presented at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane during the early 18th century. Reinhard Keiser and Henry Purcell also served as influences, but overall the conception and execution of the work is wholly individual to Handel.

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Roles in Acis and Galatea

Galatea Soprano
Acis Tenor
Damon Tenor or Treble
Polyphemus Bass
Coridon Soprano

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All scenes from Acis and Galatea

Arias from Acis and Galatea
Duets from Acis and Galatea

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1To kindred gods teh youth return

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

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2Go monster! bid some other guest

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Galatea
3Oh! the pleasure of the plains

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

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4O ruddier than the cherry

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Polyphemus
5The flocks shall leave the mountains

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: T SLanguage: English

Roles: Acis/Galatea
6Galatea dry the tears

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

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7Hush ye pretty warbling quire

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Galatea
8Where shall I seek the charming fair?

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
9Love in her eyes sits playing

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
10Love sounds th'alarm

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Acis
11As when the doev

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Galatea
12Wretched lovers

Opera: Acis and GalateaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: choirVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles: