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    Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

    Claudio Monteverdi

    The eternal journey of Ulysses and the sweet patience of Penelope, subtly set to music by the great founder of opera.

    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro © Michel Novak

    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro | Ulisse
    Rihab Chaieb | Penelope
    Emőke Baráth | Minerva / L'Amore
    Philippe Jaroussky | L'humana Fragilità
    Zachary Wilder | Telemaco
    Jérôme Varnier | Nettuno 
    Philippe Talbot | Eumete
    Fulvio Bettini | Iro
    Álvaro Zambrano | Eurimaco
    Mathilde Etienne | Melanto
    Anthony León | Giove / Amfinomo
    Lauranne Oliva | Giunone / La Fortuna
    Angelica Monje Torrez | Ericlea
    Anders Dahlin | Pisandro
    Nicolas Brooymans | Antinoo / Il Tempo

    Emiliano Gonzalez Toro | direction
    I Gemelli 

    Sung in Italian, with French and English subtitles

    Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria is the composer's second opera after Orfeo, the favola in musica considered to be the first ever opera. With Ulisse, we leave the fable behind for myth: the myth of the end of Ulysses' voyage and his return to his faithful wife. Here, gods mingle with men and tragedy alternates with tender emotion and comedy. The libretto contains an infinite variety of themes that are at once timeless and profoundly human: Musically, the madrigal's heritage is evident in the richness of the ensemble pieces, but more elaborate forms are already appearing, especially in the handling of the recitar cantando and the orchestral ritornellos with their sublime sensuality and polychromy. To do justice to the dramatic and expressive variety, to this perfect fusion of music and theatre, the work requires voices that are well versed in this repertoire, and there is no doubt that the team assembled here knows its "job" in this area.

    PRODUCTION Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

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