An Operetta The Beautiful Galatea
The sculptor Pygmalion has fallen madly in love with his statue of Galatea and accordingly does not want to sell it to Mydas, a patron of the arts. Instead he prays to Venus, the goddess of the love, that the statue be brought to life. The wish is granted but Galatea turns out to be a very independent-minded creature. She is unfaithful to Pygmalion with his servant Ganymed (because he is much more pleasing to her than Pygmalion) and does not reject Mydas, who offers her jewellery. When Pygmalion catches Galatea in a compromising situation, he successfully implores Venus to turn her back into stone. The jewellery offered by Mydas is also turned into stone, but the whole statue is sold to him.
This is the plot of one of the most famous Viennese Operettas of all times. With music composed by Franz von Suppè, the father of this genre, this comic opera is presented for the first time in the UK in its original English translation. The Imperial Vienna Orchestra, lead by maestro Dario Salvi, is a semi professional orchestra based in East Anglia and the only orchestra in the UK specialised in Viennese music.
The two performances in Wymondham will be fully staged and in costume and dialogue and lyrics will be in English. This is a very rare opportunity for all to witness one of the greatest masterpieces of Operetta in the UK.
The cast includes: Sarah Rebecca Gallop as Galatea, Ziazan Horrocks-Hopayan as Ganymede, James Bowers as Pygmalion and David Phillips as Mydas. Mellissa Sampson, Emma Nuule and Wymondham own Lily Whear will be the chorus. Directed by Eleanor Parsons and conducted by Dario Salvi.
Wymondham Central Hall – Saturday 21st April (7:30 pm start), Sunday 22nd April (2.30pm start)
Tickets for sale on the door and from George R. Reeve. You can also buy tickets online here:
Infoline 01953 600563 or imperialviennaorchestra[email protected]