January 31, 2006
Ransom Wilson Makes New York City Opera Debut
In April 2006 Ransom Wilson will make his New York City Opera debut, conducting Handel's Acis and Galatea.

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When it comes to Handel, he not only lives but thrives at City Opera. Here Ovid's Metamorphoses is both the source and the inspiration for Acis and Galatea, one of Handel's most elegant and sensual works.

City Opera's acclaimed staging, which moves the action to a modern-day beach, beautifully captures the bright intimacy of the score. The opera's nymphs and shepherds are a vision in their summer whites and sailor blues, but beneath this breezy surface are truly heartrending moments.

Sweeping choruses, heavenly arias, and delightful comic twists put grand demands on Acis and Galatea's performers. City Opera's virtuoso singers, orchestra, designers and director turn the pastoral love story into a feast for the eyes, ears, and heart.

In their bucolic paradise, the nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis are soul mates. Polyphemus, however, wants Galatea for himself, so he crushes the poor shepherd in a jealous rage. But love conquers all when Galatea transforms her fallen hero into a stream that flows for all eternity.

Sung in English with English supertitles
1 hour, 56 minutes including 1 intermission

Co-produced with Glimmerglass Opera

Conductor: Ransom Wilson*
Director: Mark Lamos
Set Designer: Paul Steinberg
Costume Designer: Constance Hoffman
Lighting Designer: Robert Wierzel
Choreographer: Seán Curran
Chorus Master: Gary Thor Wedow
Supertitles: Kelley Rourke

Galatea: Sarah Jane McMahon*
Acis: Philippe Castagner*
Damon: Nicholas Phan*
Polyphemus: Jason Hardy*

*debut artist
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