Aci, Galatea E Polifemo

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January 2024

George Frideric Handel was 23 years old when he wrote Aci, Galatea e Polifemo in Naples in 1708. Composed as a concert pleasure for a noble wedding, the Serenata tells the love story between the nymph Galatea and the shepherd Aci, which is brutally destroyed by the murder of Aci by the jealous cyclops Polifemo. For today's listeners, this work, like the oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, written a year earlier, appears like a look into the young composer's experimental laboratory: with three singers and in just 90 minutes, Handel develops a variety of expressive works Forms and instrument combinations like hardly any of his later works. René Jacobs, a tireless explorer of baroque masterpieces for many years and a regular guest at the MusikTheater an der Wien, will conduct Handel's Serenata as a drama of affects.

Program and cast

georg Friedrich Handel


Libretto by Nicola Giuvo

Theater an der Wien

About the Theater an der Wien

The New Opera House is not just any theatre, but the one that Emanuel Schikaneder, the all-round genius, actor, impresario with a flair for organization but above all librettist of The Magic Flute, had built in 1801 in Vienna in keeping with the spirit of Mozart.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth the Theater an der Wien presents itself as a new opera house from January 2006. As a “season” opera house with productions all the year round the Theater an der Wien carves a new and independent niche in the realm of high-quality culture in Vienna. For twelve months of the year, with one premiere every month, opera will be performed under the “stagione”, or season, system: that means the cast remains unchanged from the first performance to the last one, which guarantees that the very highest international standards are maintained.

The theatre’s modern, accessible approach to music theatre as demonstrated by the works performed, the overall artistic concept Bespielung and the artistes is further underlined by the building itself, its architecture and the vibrancy of its location. The surroundings and materials, the intimate atmosphere and perfect acoustics in the historical theatre prepare the senses to experience beauty. The Theater an der Wien deliberately enters into a symbiotic relationship with its lively surroundings on the Naschmarkt street market and the young cultural scene centred in the Schleifmühl quarter.

How to get there

With public transport:

We can be reached by public transport: 

U1, U2 und U4 Station Karlsplatz, Exit Secession
Bus 59A Station Bärenmühldurchgang
Bus 57A Station Laimgrubengasse, pedestrians via Laimgrubengasse to Linke Wienzeile

Fleischmarkt 24, 1010 Wien

We can be reached by public transport:
U1, U4: Station Schwedenplatz
Tram Linie D (bei Ablenukung über Kai), 1, 2: Station Schwedenplatz
Bus 3A (on workdays)

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