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Opera Piccola Gets A Handel On A Classic

Kristian Jaime
Tyson Miller and Sharleen Joynt

OperaPiccola's new production takes on a very old theme. That theme is love and jealousy. The opera is Acis and Galatea. The star of the show and the production's music director had this to say.

"My name is Tyson Miller.  I'm playing the role of Acis, which is the hero, the tenor, the protagonist of the story. He is seeking his love. He finds her, and they create a nice life together."

But, as is often the case, they don't live happily ever after. Miller says a third-wheel appears.

"He gets very jealous and ends up breaking apart this relationship."

Opera Piccola music director Kristin Roach says the music is simply beautiful.

"We all know Handel's 'Messiah.' And that's probably the most beloved piece of music in the world.  There's beautiful melodies. We also have a lot of drama and character portrayed by the orchestra.   Galatea sings about the dove longing for love and the dove is portrayed by the flute, there's also a place where she talks about the river and the river is portrayed by the strings. The orchestra plays each of these emotions."

As always with Opera Piccola, the singing is in English. Roach says this weekend is the time, downtown is the place.

"The performances are Saturday, May 21 at 8p.m., and Sunday, May 22 at 2:30 p.m., at the Empire Theatre in downtown San Antonio."

Miller thinks people will enjoy it immensely.

"The people here would be in for a real treat coming in for this performance."   

Find more on this Opera Piccola production here

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii