fri188 p.m.

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Tarif B de 5,50€ à 44€

Timing 1 hr. 40 min.

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, cantata a tre, HWV 72


MUSIC Georg Friedrich Händel

LIBRETTO Nicola Giuvo



CONDUCTOR Emmanuelle Haïm


ACI Sonya Yoncheva

GALATEA Delphine Galou

POLIFEMO Laurent Naouri



Händel’s masterpiece brings back Emmanuelle Haïm and her Concert d’Astrée, along with Sonya Yoncheva, whom you may have discovered in Agrippina and L’incoronazione di Poppea.

Acis, the Sicilian shepherd, loves Galatea, who returns his love. But the nymph is also pursued by the love-sick Cyclops Polyphemus (the same who was blinded by Ulysses in the Odyssey), who, spurned – admittedly, he is not very attractive!  – seeks his vengeance with terrible violence: surprising the two lovers, he crushes Acis beneath a huge boulder torn from Mount Aetna. In despair, Galatea, witnessing the blood flow from beneath the rock, turns it into a river so that she may, each day, bathe in it. A 23-year-old Händel chose this story from Ovid’s Metamorphosis for the cantata he was asked to compose for the wedding of the Duke of Alvito in 1708 in Naples. The young and ambitious German had left Hamburg two years earlier for Italy, which he traversed ceaselessly to imbibe the various aspects of the peninsula’s vocal genius, and to develop his growing talents and build a reputation to his measure. Aci e Galatea is one of those moments where Händel’s casual genius explodes into fireworks: the variety and invention of the orchestration, the dramatic effects doubly effective, mixing humour and desolation, all are here present. Sonia Yoncheva, the Poppea in 2011’s Agrippina, Delphine Galou, and Laurent Naouri join Le Concert d’Astrée and Emmanuelle Haïm, who revisits the masterpiece she recorded to critical acclaim in 2002.