Acis And Galatea

Acis and Galatea is a tale concerning transient love, beauty and jealousy, and is told through music that encompasses the joyful and the melancholic. Directed by Jonathan Haswell. With Danielle de Niese, Charles Workman, Paul Agnew, Mellissa Hamilton. Label text Antoine-Jean Gros French, 1771–1833 Acis and Galatea, ca. 1833 Graphite on paper These two sheets show five quick sketches for Acis and Galatea, the large painting shown next to this case. Acis and Galatea (HWV 49) is a musical work by George Frideric Handel with an English text by John Gay. The work has been variously described as a serenata, a masque, a pastoral or pastoral opera, a 'little opera' (in a letter by the composer while it was being written), an entertainment and in the New Grove Dictionary of Music an oratorio.

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Artist: Antoine-Jean Gros (French, 1771-1835)
Opera
Medium: Graphite on paper with a drawing on the verso
Classification(s):
Works on Paper
Object number: 2018.14.1
Label textAntoine-Jean Gros
French, 1771–1833
Acis and Galatea, ca. 1833
Graphite on paper
These two sheets show five quick sketches for Acis and Galatea, the large painting shown next to this case. Look at the painting and read the story. Then look at these sketches. Can you tell which one he drew first? Gros tried different poses and compositions to express the terror of the young couple hiding in a cave. None of the sketches match the final work exactly, although the one to the left is closest. The outlines of the background match the painting, but other details are still different. The drawings show that Gros kept changing the poses until the end. The Chrysler Museum of Art recently had the good fortune of being able to acquire these two surviving sketches for the last major painting by Gros.
Museum purchase 2018.14.1-2
  • sketches, preliminary
  • drawings
  • paintings
  • French
  • graphite

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Acis is in Love with Galatea
But the Monster, Polyphemus, also loves her.
In a jealous rage, and spurned by Galatea,
Polyphemus hurls a boulder at Acis and mortally wounds him.
Grief-stricken, Galatea uses her magic powers to change her dead lover
into a stream that will flow eternally…

A one act opera sung in English; and never has Handel looked so chic.

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I am so happy the Royal Opera House is streaming Acis and Galatea. It made history as the first ever collaboration between two of the UK’s most iconic companies, the Royal Opera House and the Royal Ballet. It’s directed by the Royal Ballet’s brilliant choreographer and director, Wayne McGregor, and conducted by the late Sir Christopher Hogwood and for me, it was one of the most important milestones of my career. It was my debut at Royal Opera House Covent Garden, a dream come true.

Acis And Galatea Story

Handel’s score is divine. To me, it sounds sonorously as pure as nature itself and I always felt pure happiness when I sang Galatea’s music. But Handel was so good at twisting the plot on the width of a dime, and when things turn tragic for Galatea – her heart pours out through all the beautiful Handelian expulsion of grief and sorrow — it was almost too much to bear to sing the end of the opera each night. I remember never leaving a show without feeling the juxtaposition between the heavy burden of grief and the selfless act of letting your love go.

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