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Awakening Galatea is a setting of Ovid’s poem from Metamorphoses on the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. This myth, in which an artist falls in love with his own creation, has fascinated dramatists through the ages. More recent versions include George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion and the musical My Fair Lady. Ovid’s poem, the oldest version, tells how the artist Pygmalion vows to shun the company of women because he finds too many faults in them. Yet he uses his miraculous skill to carve an ivory statue of a woman that is more beautiful than any living woman could possibly be and, awestruck, he falls in love with it. He caresses it, showers it with attention, brings it gifts - - yet no adornment makes it any more beautiful than the original statue. Finally, the goddess of love, Venus - - who up until that point had thought that she had seen it all - - takes pity upon him. Pygmalion is praying to find a woman just like his statue, because he does not dare ask for the actual statue. But V...