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Il ritorno
d'Ulisse in patria

Claudio Monteverdi / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner / Elsa Rooke
Tuesday 15 August 2017
Usher Hall

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
Elsa Rooke Director

Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

After two brutal decades of war, the weary Ulysses is washed up on the rocky shore of his home island of Ithaca. There, he discovers the hordes of depraved admirers who have beseiged his faithful wife Penelope in his 20-year absence – and launches into battle to win back her love.

Monteverdi’s opera is a celebration of unwavering devotion, conveyed in some of the composer’s most poignant, heartbreaking music.

Marking the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth, world-renowned early music expert Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the second in his momentous International Festival survey of Monteverdi’s three exquisitely expressive surviving operas.


beautifully realised semi-staging... Every moment of it is totally compelling

The Guardian



This remarkable landmark project offers a rare opportunity to experience all three surviving operas by Claudio Monteverdi as directed performances in concert. They are conducted by period performance pioneer Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.


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  • Language: 
    Sung in Italian with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    3hr 30mins approx (one interval)

Venue

Usher Hall

Lothian Road
Edinburgh
EH1 2EA

Monteverdi 450 is supported by

Dunard Fund

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Staged concert

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

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor & Co-director
Elsa Rooke Co-director
Rick Fisher Lighting designer
Patricia Hofstede Costume designer

Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria


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Monteverdi Choir
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner
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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria | The Times

April 14th 2017

the unmissable event of this Monteverdi year ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Rebecca Franks
The Times

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria | The Guardian

April 13th 2017

beautifully realised semi-staging... Every moment of it is totally compelling ★★★★

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Review by: 

Andrew Clements
The Guardian


This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.

Tickets

Grand circle: £47 £38.50 £29
Stalls: £47 £38.50 £29 £26 £19 £13
Upper circle: £26 £19 £13

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF