18 March 2017
By Bryan T. Smyth
What: Handel’s Acis and Galatea
Who: Presented by Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music
Where: St Brendan’s Church, Bantry, West Cork
When: Wednesday 29th March 2017, 8pm
Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music present Handel’s Acis and Galatea, in St Brendan’s Church, Bantry, for their only Cork performance on Wednesday 29th March at 8pm. This concert will be conducted by renowned Baroque specialist Peter Whelan and will feature the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra.
An idyllic romance between two young lovers Galatea and Acis is brutally interrupted by Polyphemus, who is determined to claim Galatea for himself. When the headstrong Acis ignores warnings that love is only a fleeting pleasure, he ends up putting himself directly in the line of fire.
Sung in English, Acis and Galatea features tenor Eamonn Mulhall and soprano Susanna Fairbairn as the thwarted lovers, with bass baritone Edward Grint as Polyphemus and tenor Andrew Gavin as Damon. The Acis and Galatea chorus includes Cormac Lawlor, Fearghal Curtis, Peter O’Reilly and Sinead O’Kelly.
This splendid evening of music is not to be missed. Tickets priced at €20 are available from West Cork Music, either online at www.westcorkmusic.ie or from the office, telephone 027 52788. The Maritime Hotel, Bantry, is offering a special accommodation rate for audience members. On mentioning “Opera Theatre Company”, the audience member can avail of a special rate of €85 B&B for a Double/Twin Room and €70 B&B for a Single Room. To book accommodation, contact the Maritime Hotel on 027 54700
Opera Theatre Company and West Cork Music would like to acknowledge the support of the Arts Council.