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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

La Venexiana – Claudio Cavina (conductor)

Monteverdi 's first opera written for Venice in 1640, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria is a dramma per musica composed of a prologue and three acts, with a libretto written by Giacomo Badoaro inspired from Homer.

After a metaphorical prologue which represents human weaknesses for good fortunes and love, the first act shows Penelope weeping for Ulysses' long absence. The courtiers soon reveal their goal to marry the solitary queen, while Ulysses is landing in Ithaca asleep and before disguising himself as a beggar to foil the courtiers' conspiracy.

The second and third acts recount, with a remarkable liberty in melody and rhythm, the events of the curiously postponed return of Ulysses. This opera has fascinated numbers of composers, such as Dallapiccola or Henze, who both created some versions inspired from this work.

© Photo: Paola Reggiani

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Broadcast date : June 22, 2011, 6 p.m.

Chiara H. Savoia stage director
Daniel Tummolillo lightings


Valentina Coladonato soprano
Giulia Peri soprano
Giorgia Milanesi soprano
Martina Belli contralto
Oksana Lazareva contralto
Gabriella Martellacci contralto
Mirko Guadagnini tenor
Makoto Sakurada tenor
Alessio Tosi tenor
Alberto Allegrezza tenor
Paolo Antognetti tenor
Luca Dordolo tenor
Mauro Borgioni baritone
Salvo Vitale bass
Marco Bussi bass


La Venexiana
Claudio Cavina harpsichord, conductor
Stefano Rossi violin
Efix Puleo violin
Elena Saccomandi viola da brazzo
Daniela Godio viola da brazzo
Takashi Kaketa cello
Alberto Lo Gatto cello
Fulvio Garlaschi theorbo
Michael Leopold theorbo
Gabriele Palomba theorbo
Cristiano Contadin viola di gamba, lirone
Chiara Granata harp
Davide Pozzi harpsichord

Movie director : Isabelle Soulard

Location : Cité de la musique (Paris, France)
Recording date : 22/06/2011
Production date : 2011



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