Opera in Adelaide Botanic Garden in October

Opera in Adelaide Botanic Garden in October

Live performances by Co-Opera in association with the Botanic Gardens of SA and their Botanica Lumina program are returning in October 2020, with Acis and Galatea in the magical, twilit atmosphere of the Adelaide Botanic Garden. 

Presented by Co-Opera and the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium as part of the Botanica Lumina program, with support from SA Power Networks and Creative Partnerships Australia’s Plus1 program.

Directed by Nicholas Cannon with emerging director Monique Hapgood, and musical direction by Joshua van Konkelenberg with concertmaster Ben Dollman. Acis and Galatea is G. F. Händel’s beloved Greek myth in which two lovers are forever split when Polyphemus kills Acis in a brutal, jealous rage. In mourning, Galatea transforms Acis into an ever-flowing river. 

The opera—full of wit, pathos and exquisite music—is a warning about the transitory nature of love and pleasure.

Co-Opera has a long tradition of sharing opera in fun, accessible performances. They have taken their productions to pubs, parks, and even shearing sheds across the country and overseas. Now they are bringing opera to Adelaide Botanic Garden.

Enjoy the natural surroundings with a back drop of majestic trees, as the stage and gardens are gradually transformed from sunset into a waterfall as the opera builds to its climax.

Immerse yourself in Händel’s exquisite music sung by some of Adelaide’s finest young singers, accompanied by the baroque orchestra Ensemble Galante,  in this new production. 

Doors open at 6.30pm so make a night of it with a picnic or pre-purchase a gourmet box of delectable goodies from the Gardens Café and Kiosk, enjoy a drink or two under the evening sky, and relax on the lawns before the performance begins.
For more information, visit http://www.co-opera.com.au/event/acis-and-galatea

Date: Friday 9 October and Saturday 10 October 2020

Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm (including intermission). Gates open 6.30pm

Where: Conifer Lawn, Adelaide Botanic Garden, North Terrace, Adelaide

Cost: $60 General Admission | $30 (concession/pension) / $20 (rush) 

Book tickets: https://www.trybooking.com/BLCWZ