Firsts of Händel's "Acis and Galatea" (1732) in Paris, Wien and Bad Lauchstädt
The myth of Acis and Galatea from Ovid’s Metamorphoses occupied Handel throughout his career, firstly inspiring him to compose a large-scale Italian cantata in 1708, then an English masque in 1718. Less well-known, because it has only been available in fragmentary form until now, is his third setting of this subject dating from 1732. This is a serenata in two languages, English and Italian, rich in musical form and magnificent tone colours. This version is now being published for the first time in a fully-edited form as part of the Halle Handel Edition. It received concert performances on 20 March 2013 in the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Paris, and 25 March in the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, with a distinguished line-up of soloists and the Basel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Goodwin. The late version of Acis and Galatea receives its first staged performance in this edition on 14 June at the Goethe-Theater, Bad Lauchstädt as part of the Handel Festival Halle (Concerto Royal, conductor: Sebastian Breuning, production: Ute M. Engelhardt).