HANDEL'S ACIS AND GALATE(O)
Production on hold, Dates TBA
This new production is a reimagining of George Fredrick Handel’s opera Acis and Galatea, broaching the subject of violence focused both on oppressed communities and within their own borders. With a shift of the time period, added music and a reordering of the score, the librettist’s message addressing systemic violence will be brought to bear on the devastating plague of violence which has become a part of our daily experience. In an effort to push opera toward a more progressive space, the goal of Spooky Goose Opera’s production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea is to uplift marginalized performers who may not typically be given a chance to perform. The direction Spooky Goose Opera is choosing to go with Acis and Galatea will allow for marginalized communities and their allied singers to perform a reimagined baroque opera.
Production design by Aaren Marchi
Set and Lighting design by Michael Celentano
Costume and Makeup design by Brian William Kenerson
Conductor Beau Dream
The Minneapolis Star Tribune praises tenor Joshua Dennis’ performances, exclaiming,“ he made his sincerity believable, and his voice, a robust tenor with baritonal heft, rose to the high climaxes with ringing, ardent bravado.” In the 2019-20 season, he returns to Santa Fe Opera to create the role of Marc in Huang Ruo’s M Butterfly after reprising the composer’s Paradise Interrupted at Art Macau. He also returns to Arizona Opera to reprise Bern Venters, the role he created in the world premiere of Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage. On the concert stage, he joins the Phoenix Symphony for his first performances of Beethoven’s Mass in C and returns to the Las Vegas Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah. Last season, he returned to Santa Fe Opera as Frederic in Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child and Minnesota Opera for “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in Puckett’s The Fix, both world premieres. He also returned to Utah Opera as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and Opera Idaho as Tony in West Side Story in addition to joining New Orleans Opera for Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Opera San Antonio in the title role of Faust, and Dayton Opera as the Duca in Rigoletto. Additionally, the tenor made his Asian debut in Huang Ruo’s Paradise Interrupted at the Taiwan National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts. He recently made debuts with Seattle Opera as Alfredo in Konwitschny’s acclaimed production of La traviata, Minnesota Opera as Roméo in Roméo et Juliette and returned for Duca in Rigoletto, Utah Opera as Greenhorn in a new production of Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Michigan Opera Theater as Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, and Kentucky Opera as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. He has also sung Jaquino in Fidelio with Santa Fe Opera and the Houston Symphony, Monsieur Vogelsang in Der Schauspieldirektor with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Alfredo in La traviata with Opera Columbus and Opera Idaho, Ferrando in Così fan tutte with Ash Lawn Opera and Opera Naples, the title role of Faust with Annapolis Opera, the title role of Werther with Opera Idaho, and Frederic in Pirates of Penzance with Eugene Opera. He joined Arizona Opera for Roy Dexter in the American premiere of Arizona Lady, and returned as Bern Venters in the world premiere of Bohmler’s Riders of the Purple Sage. He has also joined the Metropolitan Opera for its production of Così fan tutte. On the concert stage, he has joined the Santa Fe Symphony on numerous occasions for Handel’s Messiah as well as for a concert of opera favorites. Additionally, he has sung Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde in a special arrangement at the XXI Festival International de Piano en Blanco & Negro in Mexico, further performances of Handel’s Messiah with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Dubois’ Les sept paroles du Christ in Lufkin, Texas. The tenor is also a former Apprentice Artist Santa Fe Opera, at which he sang Serrano in La donna del lago, and Des Moines Metro Opera. He was a district winner and finalist in the northeastern region of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and National Association of Teachers of Singing Singer of the Year in 2011 and first place winner of the graduate division in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, at which his performances included Handel’s Messiah, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and Sam in Susannah.