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Lucerne Festival - Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

  • KKL Luzern, Concert Hall (map)


English Baroque Soloists   

Monteverdi Choir   

Sir John Eliot Gardiner  conductor and staging 

Elsa Rooke  director 

Furio Zanasi  Ulisse 

Lucile Richardot  Penelope 

Hana Blažiková  Minverva, Fortuna 

Krystian Adam  Telemaco 

Fernando Fernández-Rueda  Eumete 

Robert Burt  Iro 

Zachary Wilder  Eurimaco 

Anna Dennis  Melanto 

John Taylor Ward  Giove 

Francesca Boncompagni  Giunone 

Francesca Biliotti  Eurimaco 

Silvia Frigato  Amore 

and additional soloists   

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) 
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria 
Opera in a prologue and three acts 

The cunning Odysseus, King of Ithaca, who became a hero in the Trojan War, gets lost on his journey back and spends 10 years crossing the seas with his crew searching for home. He has to go through numerous adventures before he can find his home and thus himself. But when he finally arrives there, nothing is as it had been. His wife Penelope is being pressed by several suitors. And no one recognizes Odysseus; he must first prove that he is who he is. That is the background situation with which Claudio Monteverdi opens his opera Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (1639-40) – and it’s hard to imagine a piece better suited to the theme of “Identity.” This work is a milestone in the history of opera: “Monteverdi’s musical equipment, his ‘armory,’ if you like, marks the beginning of a modern system of musical expression,” observes Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who continues his Monteverdi cycle in Lucerne with Ulisse. “All subsequent generations of composers have benefited from his achievements.”

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