“[Anthony Roth Costanzo] combines a powerful voice with a charismatic presence” – New York Times
“[Christopher Alden’s Don Giovanni was] an extraordinary achievement…. shockingly intense” – Los Angeles Times
“[Mark Grey’s work] has far reaching implications for the direction that classical music will take this century.” – Los Angeles Times
A year after the critical success of “The Orphic Moments,” countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo bookends the 2016 opera season with Aci, Galatea, e Polifemo, a co-production with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Cath Brittan, and National Sawdust.
Director Christopher Alden (Olivier Award, Golden Mask Award) takes on Handel’s rarely staged serenata, a 90-minute, spectacular, streamlined, CliffsNotes version of a Handel opera. The production will use innovative video technology to create multi-dimensional visual landscapes and reimagined recitatives by composer and sound designer Mark Grey. Christopher Alden’s production finds parallels between Handel’s 18th century telling of Ovid’s mythological tale and our current Trumpian era defined by by power, class, and the brutality of thwarted desire.