Musikfest Berlin
Odysseus’ return to Ithaca
Odysseus’ return to Ithaca

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

Tragedia di lieto fine in one prologue and three acts (Venice, 1641)
by Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
Semi-staged performance directed by Elsa Rooke and John Eliot Gardiner

450 years Claudio Monteverdi

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Ulisse Furio Zanasi
Penelope Lucile Richardot
Minerva/Fortuna Hana Blažíková
Telemaco Krystian Adam
Eumete Francisco Fernandez Rueda
Iro Robert Burt
Eurimaco Zachary Wilder
Melanto Anna Dennis
Giove John Taylor Ward
Giunone Francesca Boncompagni
Ericlea Francesca Biliotti
Amore Silvia Frigato
Umana fragilità Carlo Vistoli
Tempo, Nettuno, Antinoo Gianluca Buratto
Pisandro Michał Czerniawski
Anfinomo Gareth Treseder

Based on the second half of Homer’s Odyssey, “Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria” is a tale of treachery and deception, eventually overcome by fidelity and love. When Ulysses, King of Ithaca, returns home from the Trojan wars he finds his faithful queen, Penelope, besieged by a trio of unctuous suitors and urged by her advisors to accept one of them as her new husband. Ulysses (with both the help and hindrance of the gods) eventually convinces her of his true identity, routs the three suitors and regains his kingdom. Monteverdi and his librettist Badoaro chart the trials and twists of Ulysses’ journey, introducing us to a Shakespearean cast of characters – from the quarrelling gods, to the noble protagonists, their scheming servants, the evil courtiers, and rustics that are either innocent, faithful or merely foolish. It is astonishing how accurately and subtly Monteverdi’s music reflects the salient features of each personage. Most strikingly, he underlines the essential humanity of Ulysses and Penelope, so that we are moved to share in their sorrows and joys.

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event

Sponsored by the Capital Cultural Funds
and the Aventis Foundation.
Monteverdi 450 is supported by Monteverdi Tuscany

Aventis Foundation     Logo Hauptstadtkulturfonds     Monteverdi Tuscany

In Italian with German surtitles

Duration 2h, 50

18:00 work introduction

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Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

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Philharmonie

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€ 15 - 110

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