Under the direction of the founder of the distinguished Early Opera Company, Christian Curnyn celebrates the 300th anniversary of the premiere of one of Handel’s most sublime creations: Acis and Galatea. This unique interpretation is performed as Handel himself specified in the manuscript.
Winning the Opera category in 2019’s BBC Music Magazine Awards the recording features stunning performances from soprano Lucy Crowe, tenor Benjamin Hulett and baritone Neal Davies with The Sunday Times citing it as “a must-have for Handelians.”
“What a delectable cast Christian Curnyn has gathered for his new recording of Acis and Galatea. Lucy Crowe’s Galatea is joined by three outstanding British tenors – Allan Clayton’s Acis, Ben Hulett as fellow shepherd Damon, and Jeremy Budd as Coridon. Add go-to Handelian bass-baritone Neal Davies as Polyphemus and rising soprano Rowan Pierce to fill out choruses, and you have a baroque dream-team even before you get to Curnyn and his superb period orchestra.”- Limelight Magazine
This summer sees Neal return to the BBC Proms for L’enfance du Christ with Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé, and perform twice at the Three Choirs Festival. Firstly in Joubert’s An English Requiem with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and again for the premiere of Chilcott’s new commission: Christmas Oratorio with Dame Sarah Connolly.
Benjamin will return to Garsington Opera for Montiverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and the BBC Proms this July to sing Haydn’s Die Schöpfung under the baton of Omer Meir Wellber.
Lucy is currently making her house debut in Frankfurt in the title role in Handel’s Rodelinda. As a great finish to the season Lucy joins the London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle on tour for the title role in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
For a complete list of the winners of the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2019, check their website.