MADISON (WKOW) -- One of Handel's most beloved and famed pieces comes to life through the Madison Opera. Acis & Galatea is Madison Opera's latest performance.
The opera begins with a group of townspeople in the middle of the forest. Only the lovesick water-nymph Galatea is unhappy, trying to silence the birds whose beautiful song reminds her of her love for Acis. Elsewhere, Acis has returned from battle and is looking for Galatea, ignoring his friend Damon's warnings not to neglect his duties. The lovers find each other and pour out their feelings of joy.
In Act II, the ensemble warns the lovers of the sad fate that awaits them, in the form of the monster Polyphemus. The giant, stabbed in the heart by Cupid, describes his unrequited love for Galatea. When he sings her praises, she is not won over, and he threatens force. Damon advises him to try more gentle tactics. Acis, enraged at the scene, prepares to do battle with the giant. Galatea tells her lover to trust her to be faithful. While Acis and Galatea pledge eternal devotion to one another, Polyphemus bursts on the scene, ultimately crushing Acis with an avalanche. The ensemble and Galatea mourn the demise of Acis. The ensemble remind Galatea of her divine powers, suggesting she make him immortal, which she does: Acis now appears as a fountain. The ensemble tells Galatea to dry her tears and greet his murmuring stream, an eternal reminder of their love.
The opera is set to run at the Orpheum Theatre from January 10-13, 2013. If you're interested in attending or finding more information out about the Madison Opera you can click here.
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