Acis And Galatea By G.F. Handel

A production by Chamber Opera Society

Southampton Chamber Opera Company presents: Handel's 'Acis and Galatea' with Vivaldi's 'Gloria'

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi's 'Gloria' was composed in Venice, probably in 1715, for the choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage for girls (or more probably a home, generously endowed by the girls' "anonymous" fathers, for the illegitimate daughters of Venetian noblemen and their mistresses). The Ospedale prided itself on the quality of its musical education and the excellence of its choir and orchestra. Vivaldi, a priest, music teacher and virtuoso violinist, composed many sacred works for the Ospedale, where he spent most of his career, as well as hundreds of instrumental concertos to be played by the girls’ orchestra. This, his most famous choral piece, presents the traditional Gloria from the Latin Mass in twelve varied cantata-like sections.

Handel's 'Acis and Galatea' represents the pinnacle of Pastoral Opera in England. Premiered in 1718, composed by George Frederic Handel with text from John Gay, it was later rearranged by Mozart in 1788. This is Handel's most popular opera and is his only stage work never to have left the opera repertory.

The first half tells the story of The Fairy Galatea (Izzy Tuffin-Donnevert) and her mortal lover, Acis (Jamie Milburn), their love story; searching for each other, meeting and the declaration of their love for each other. The second act heralds the arrival of the monster Polyphemus (Elliott Titcombe), who is also in love with Galatea and furious that she has chosen another over him. He intends to have her by any means necessary.

Will the lovers prevail? Or will Polyphemus' fury catapult the story into a different direction?

Performance dates

  • Friday, 24th February 2017 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, 25th February 2017 at 7:30pm

St. Michael's Church

The oldest public building in Southampton, it provides a beautiful venue with brilliant acoustics and a historic surrounding.


Adults: £8
Concession: £6
PA member: £5
Freshers: £2

Chamber Opera Society

We are a small-scale opera company dedicated to creating full productions of small operas. We aim primarily to give performers, directors, producers and all others aspiring for jobs within the theatre or opera industry a chance to explore these roles and work together to create a musical spectacle. Our productions thus far include Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (2016), Handel's Acis and Galatea (2017) and Gluck's Orpheus (2017). Our next show will be Bizet's Pearl Fisher's which will take place in February 2018, with rehearsals starting in October 2017.