Haymarket Opera Company
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About the Event
Haymarket launches its tenth anniversary season with one of Handel’s most beloved and enduring works, Acis and Galatea. The shepherd Acis and the sea nymph Galatea are blissfully happy until the jealous cyclops Polyphemus catches sight of them. In a fit of rage he crushes Acis under a giant boulder, killing him and breaking Galatea’s heart. She transforms her beloved shepherd into a stream so that she can splash in its waters for eternity. This compact masterpiece weds a colorful libretto to a sublime score for ninety minutes of sheer musical bliss. Written for the virtuoso musicians of a English country estate, Acis and Galatea works its magic with only a handful of singers and a small chamber ensemble of essential instruments.
Michael St. Peter, “a discovery” (Chicago Classical Review), returns to Haymarket following his triumphant debut in Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley to sing the role of Acis. Chicago’s own “bright, alluring soprano” (Chicago Tribune) Kimberly Jones returns to Haymarket as the sea nymph Galatea. David Govertsen will bring “height and a thrilling bass” (Chicago Stage Style) to the iconic role of the giant cyclops Polyphemus. Kaitlin Foley brings her "superb blend of vocal gleam and fiery dramatic involvement" (Chicago Classical Review) to the role of Damon. Ensemble to include Mallory Harding, Ryan Townsend Strand, and Dorian McCall.