The fresh Fringe Opera Center is presenting (in English) Handel's Acis and Galatea (1718), a pastoral fantasy based on Ovid's Metamorphoses. In it, young shepherd Acis (Ido Ben-Gal) falls in love with Galatea (Bat Ami Yunyov). Damon (Alon Harari) warns the besotted young couple that no good will come of mortal/immortal love. Sure enough, the Cyclops Polyphemus (Eyal Cohen) kills Acis in a fit of jealous rage, and all mourn.
The director is Tal Shahar, who has an MA in directing opera from the University of Florida and had her own fringe opera company in New York.
Handel (1685-1759) wrote some 40 operas in his lifetime. Most were tremendously popular, but opera tastes changed and Handel's work drifted into near-obscurity. With the resurgence of opera as a popular art form has come a veritable renaissance of Handel's operas, especially over the past 20 years or so.
Acis and Galatea opens at the Mandel Music Center in Jaffa on November 6 with two more performances on November 12 and 13.
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