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Behind-the-scenes video of Acis and Galatea
Program Article by Gilbert Blin
Program Article by Ellen T. Harris

TWO PERFORMANCES! | Purchase tickets

Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 3pm and 7pm

Gilder Lehrman Hall, The Morgan Library & Museum

O’Dette Stubbs Blin Watkins Sullivan

Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Melinda Sullivan, Assistant to the Stage Director

Proclaimed “the highlight of local opera presentations,” the Boston Early Music Festival’s stunning period productions of Baroque operas have become a must-see event for opera lovers from around the world. For their New York opera début, BEMF presents a semi-staged production of the original 1718 chamber version of Handel’s beloved pastoral opera Acis and Galatea, led by musical directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, stage director Gilbert Blin, and costume designer Anna Watkins.

The story depicts the love affair between the nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis, who must endure a long separation. When they are finally reunited, their happiness is dashed by the jealous monster Polyphemus, who is in love with Galatea and kills Acis.  As Galatea laments the loss of her lover, she uses her divine powers to transform Acis into an everlasting fountain.

Sheehan Wakim McStoots Williams Wilder

Aaron Sheehan, Acis
Teresa Wakim, Galatea
Jason McStoots, Damon
Douglas Williams, Polyphemus
Zachary Wilder, Coridon