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.

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