Academy
Acis et Galatée
Acis et Galatée
Giovanni Battista Lulli
Giovanni Battista Lulli
from July 4, 2022 to July 11, 2022
from July 4, 2022 to July 11, 2022
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Last opera of the 84th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Festival and this too never staged at the Maggio and in Florence. The conduction is entrusted to Federico Maria Sardelli, the direction to Benjamin Lazar. The sets are by Adeline Caron, the costumes by Alain Naillet, the choreography is by Gudrun Skamletz. Acis et Galatée, opera in three acts plus a prologue to a libretto by Jean Galbert de Campistron, is Jean-Baptiste Lully's last completed work. After decades dedicated to the tragédie lyrique, a genre which he himself introduced, in 1686 Lully concluded his long theatrical career with a pastorale-héroïque, an intermediate genre that combined divine and mortal characters, nobles and shepherds on the stage, commissioned by the Duke of Vendôme to pay homage to the Dauphin of France as a guest in the castle of Anet. The libretto is inspired by the legend of Aci and Galatea described in book XIII of Ovid's Metamorphoses. The shepherd Aci loves, in return, the nymph of the waters Galatea, but also the monstrous Cyclops Polyphemus loves the nymph and seeing himself rejected kills Aci out of jealousy, crushing him under a rock. However, thanks to the intervention of the god Neptune, Aci will be brought back to life and transformed into a river. While engaging in a minor genre, which is divided into only three acts compared to the canonical five of the tragédies lyriques and includes a smaller number of musical numbers, Lully does not renounce the courtly tone that characterizes all of his major production. In Acis et Galatéethe declamation is always extremely accurate and attentive to every inflection of the verse as well as the music, which has the same sumptuous and impressive tones of the great tragédies. For these reasons, the work received the applause of the public right from the start, becoming a part of the history of French musical theater by right.

Thanks to Fondazione CR Firenze, the performance of 11/07/2022 is on sale with a 50% discount on tickets for each sector

Italian première
New staging


Critical edition edited by Bernardo Ticci (May, 2022)
Edition: BTE - Bernardo Ticci Edizioni (2022)