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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

La Venexiana – Claudio Cavina (conductor)

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria La Venexiana – Claudio Cavina (conductor)

About

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

Program

  • Claudio Monteverdi, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    • Prologue: "Mortal cosa son io"
    • I, "Di Misera Regina"
    • I, "Duri E Penosi"
    • I, "Dormo Ancora O Son Desto?"

Details

  • Directed by: Isabelle Soulard
  • Venue: Philharmonie de Paris – Philharmonie 2 (former Cité de la musique) (Paris, France)
  • Broadcast date: June 22, 2011, 8 p.m.
  • Production date: 2011
  • Recording date: 22/06/2011

Casting

  • Chiara H. Savoia | Stage director
  • Daniel Tummolillo | Lighting
  • 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 | Harpsichordist, Conductor
  • Stefano Rossi | Violinist
  • Efix Puleo | Violinist
  • Elena Saccomandi | Viole de bras
  • Daniela Godio | Viole de bras
  • Takashi Kaketa | Cellist
  • Alberto Lo Gatto | Cellist
  • Fulvio Garlaschi | Theorbist
  • Michael Leopold | Theorbist
  • Gabriele Palomba | Theorbist
  • Cristiano Contadin | Gambist, Lirone
  • Chiara Granata | Harpist
  • Davide Pozzi | Harpsichordist