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Acis and Galatea DVD (The Royal Opera / The Royal Ballet)

Christopher Hogwood conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a distinguished cast including Danielle de Niese and Charles Workman in Wayne McGregor's production of Acis and Galatea – a rare and beautifully crafted collaboration between The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. It was originally staged as part of a double-bill with McGregor's production of Dido and Aeneas.

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The Royal Opera | The Royal Ballet
Galatea: Danielle de Niese | Lauren Cuthbertson
Acis: Charles Workman | Edward Watson
Damon: Paul Agnew | Steven McRae
Polyphemus: Matthew Rose | Eric Underwood
Coridon: Ji-Min Park | Paul Kay
Dancers of The Royal Ballet

The Royal Opera Extra Chorus
Chorus Master: Stephen Westrop
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Conductor: Christopher Hogwood
Music: George Frideric Handel
Director and Choreographer: Wayne McGregor
Assistant Director and Choreographer: Laïla Diallo
Designs: Hildegard Bechler
Lighting: Lucy Carter

Plus: Illustrated synopsis; Staging Acis and Galatea; Cast Gallery

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 PCM & 5.0 DTS
Format: NTSC
Region code: 0 All regions 
Running time: 110 mins 
Year: 2009
Menu language: EN
Subtitles: FR/DE/ES (extra features only)

 



"Charles Workman and Danielle de Niese had bags of vocal and personal charm in the title roles, with strong contributions from Matthew Rose as Polyphemus and Paul Agnew and Ji-Min Park as attendant shepherds..." The Daily Telegraph

"as Galatea, Danielle de Niese, with her Heidi plaits, is a marvellously relaxed performer. She basks in her own voluptuous voice and has every reason to enjoy it. Charles Workman's Acis is superlative too, a shepherd in a shaggy jumper. I fell in love with him. Who wouldn't? He has a celestial voice and he can act." The Observer

"Wayne McGregor’s main idea for this production is to have each singer shadowed by a dancer – as listed above – and for the dancer to mirror, shadow or suggest the emotions they are expressing. It works remarkably well." MusicWeb International