21.02.14 19:30, Fitzwilliam College Auditorium, Storey's Way, Cambridge CB3 0DG; £25, £20, £15, £10


Following on from the success of their 2013 tour of Britten’s wonderful comedy Albert Herring (“a highlight of my Britten centenary trawl to date” – Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph), Mid-Wales Opera, in partnership with the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, perform one of the most famous pastoral operas, Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

It is a musical masterpiece from one of the greatest composers of all time, with words by poet John Gay, best known for The Beggar’s Opera. The opera tells a 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.

Mid-Wales Opera and co-production partners the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama are joined by members of Brecon Baroque, directed from the violin by Rachel Podger, bringing a very special production of this beautiful and entrancing opera.


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