With a grand Annual Gala the orchestra celebrates the opening of the concert season with its loyal friends and associates. In a delightful mise en espace by Pierre Audi, a touching pastoral opera by Handel enfolds.
The moving arias were, and continue to be, an instant hit.
George Frideric Handel
Acis and Galatea (orchestration W.A. Mozart)
Leonardo García Alarcón
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About this concert
With a grand Annual Gala the orchestra celebrates the opening of the concert season with its loyal friends and associates. The gala starts with a reception at 7.30 p.m., and will conclude with an eventful after-party lasting until midnight. Up until 2019 this event was known as Opening Night.
George Frideric Handel, who lived and worked in England, called Acis and Galatea his ‘little opera’. The Baroque master knew better than anyone how to bring to life the story of the nymph Galatea, the shepherd Acis and the jealous giant Polyphemus. The moving arias were, and continue to be, an instant hit. Indeed, Acis and Galatea would go on to become Handel’s most popular work for the operatic stage – a high point in English pastoral opera.
Just over half a century later, the charming love tragedy still stood firm, with no one less than Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart making an adaptation for Viennese audiences. With this very rarely heard Viennese version of Acis and Galatea, the nonconformist early music conductor Leonardo García Alarcón is making his Concertgebouworkest debut. The visionary director Pierre Audi, the orchestra’s creative partner, has conceived an exciting mise en espace.
This programme is made possible with financial support from Ammodo.