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 and that too is available on DVD

    Acis and Galatea is also available on Blu-ray

    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