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Aci, Galatea e Polifemo HWV 72

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo HWV 72

Having staged Handel’s English version of the Acis and Galatea story in 2018, we now present his earlier Italian version Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, which he wrote in Naples in June 1708 as a celebratory cantata for a wedding. This work is completely different from the 1718 version for the Duke of Chandos and is notable for the variety of Handel’s invention as well as its colourful scoring. All three roles are demanding, but the range required of the bass who sings the part of Polyphemus is truly remarkable, covering two and a half octaves!

Anna Dennis Aci
Anna Huntley Galatea
Edward Grint Polifemo

Adrian Butterfield conductor
London Handel Orchestra

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