Acis and Galatea

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(Handel). Lib. by John Gay and others; 2 acts; f.p. Cannons, Edgware, nr. London, 1718, possibly dir. by Johann Christoph Pepusch. Better defined as a masque or pastoral.

Mythological times. Galatea, a sea‐nymph, is in love with the shepherd Acis, but their love is threatened by the jealous giant Polyphemus. The lovers ignore warnings of danger. Polyphemus kills Acis. Galatea transforms him into a stream.

Subjects: Opera.

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