Sara Mingardo (Galatea), Antonio Abete (Polifemo) & Ruth Rosique (Aci)
Orchestra Cappella della Pietà de’ Turchini, Antonio Florio (conductor) & Davide Livermore (director)
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NB: This production (and the video-clip on this page) contains scenes of a sexual nature.
Recorded: Teatro Carignano Torino, June 16-19th 2009.
Dynamic is proud to present the World Première Recording of Handel’s Aci Galatea e Polifemo.
Davide Livermore, the director, makes this 2009 production both enjoyable and interesting to watch. It has been recorded in the newely restored and beautiful Teatro Carignano in Turin and features Sara Mingardo, Ruth Rosique and Atonio Abete in the leading roles.
Based on the well-known mythological story narrated by Ovid in the Metamorphoses, this is a classical tale of jealousy and love. The giant Polyphemus tries to force his attention on the fair sea-nymph Galatea, who is in love with the shepherd Aci. When mad jealousy drives Polyphemus to kill his rival, Galatea asks her father Nereus to turn Aci’s blood into a river so that, flowing into the sea, he will join her forevermore.
“Her voice is velvety smooth and beguilingly sensual, and she has a technique capable of tackling the most florid Baroque arias with grace.” The Times on a 2010 performance at Wigmore Hall featuring Sara Mingardo
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: LPCM 2.0
Region Code: 0 – All regions
Running Time: 98 minutes
Notes: ITA - ENGL - GER - FRE
Subtitles: ITA - ENGL - GER - FRE - SPA
“Abete sings well, and conveys that the Neapolitan Cyclops is a far more sinister threat than the clumsy English bully...Ruth Rosique sings Aci with suitably boyish naivety and Sara Mingardo is passionate and authoritative as Galatea.”
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