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opera Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Klaus-Michael Grüber (director), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) — With Vesselina Kasarova (Penelope), Dietrich Henschel (Ulisse), Jonas Kaufmann (Telemaco)...

Klaus-Michael Grüber (director), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) — With Vesselina Kasarova (Penelope), Dietrich Henschel (Ulisse), Jonas Kaufmann (Telemaco)...

Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria Klaus-Michael Grüber (director), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) — With Vesselina Kasarova (Penelope), Dietrich Henschel (Ulisse), Jonas Kaufmann (Telemaco)...

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After ten years battling in the Trojan War—and another ten on an epic journey homeward—Ulysses returns to his homeland. Disguised as a beggar, the king of Ithaca must recover his wife, his son, and his people...

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (Venice, 1640), directed here by Klaus-Michael Grüber and conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt ("The musical adventurer par excellence, the scholarly conductor with temperament, the thinking musician who makes music with rough edges“—Gramophone), achieves a perfect dramatic balance, stirring the imagination and instantly transporting the viewer to a long-ago time. The all-star cast features one of the earliest recorded appearances by the great Jonas Kaufmann, who makes his presence felt as Ulisse's son Telemaco!

Claudio Monteverdi was a key player not only in creating the opera as we know it; he also spent nearly forty years after 1607's L'Orfeo experimenting and innovating in the form, contributing to the evolution of the musical-artistic genre that—for centuries, until the advent of cinema—would dominate Western cultural life. Ulisse is one of his three extant operas, all of which are among the highest achievements of the form.
 

Cast

  • Klaus-Michael Grüber | Stage director
  • Gilles Aillaud | Set designer
  • Eva Dessecker | Costume designer
  • Jürgen Hoffmann | Lighting designer

Program

  • Claudio Monteverdi, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria
    • Prologue: "Mortal cosa son io"
    • I: "Di Misera Regina"
    • I: "Duri E Penosi"
    • I: "Superbe è l'uom"
    • I: "In questo basso mondo"
    • I: "Dormo Ancora O Son Desto?"
    • I: "Cara e lieta gioventù"
    • I: "Pastor d'armenti può"
    • I: "D'Ulisse generoso"
    • I: "Lieto cammino, dolce viaggio!"
    • I: "O gran figlio d'Ulisse"
    • II: "Eurimaco, la donna"
    • II: "Sono l'altre regine"
    • II: "All'allegrezze dunque"
    • II: "Compagni: udite?"
    • II: "Ecco l'arco d'Ulisse"
    • II: "Son vani, oscuri pregi"
    • II: "O dolor! O martir!"
    • II: "Fiamma è l'ira"
    • II: "Gran Giove, alma de' Dei"
    • II: "Ericlea, che vuoi far?
    • II: "Ogni vostra ragion"
    • II: "Illustratevi: o Cieli"

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Felix Breisach
  • Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2002
  • Duration: 2 h 34 min
  • Production: © BEL AIR MEDIA / ZFD ARTE
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR
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