G.F. Handel’s English-language opera, Acis and Galatea, was one of his most popular works during his lifetime. It tells the story of the love between Acis, a shepherd, and Galatea, a water nymph. But Polyphemus, a one-eyed giant (i.e. Cyclops), is infatuated with Galatea, and in a fit of rage hurls a rock at Acis and kills him. Galatea then transforms Acis into a stream.
Traditionally set in a rural paradise with an chorus of nymphs and shepherds, Robert Tucker’s innovative direction sees the choir performing this role while supporting visiting soloists Chris McRae and Georgia Jamieson Emms, and Marlborough’s own Spencer Kingi, as they enact the high drama of the story. With lovely music and beautiful singing, this is an afternoon not to be missed!
Tenor Chris McRae is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (NASDA) with a Bachelor of Performing Arts. He has performed a wide range of roles at Christchurch’s Court Theatre and with New Zealand Opera, and also appeared in shows in Japan, Singapore and USA.
Georgia Jamieson Emms is the founder and director of Wanderlust Opera, which recently brought us the brilliant Love, Linda. She is a former member of the New Zealand Youth Choir, sang with New Zealand Opera and sang professionally for several years in Hamburg, Germany.
Spencer Kingi, Marlborough’s ‘singing policeman’ is a familiar figure not only on the beat in Havelock but in local musical theatre circles where he has performed a number of major roles. He is a graduate of the National Academy of Singing & Dramatic Art in Christchurch.