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The Return of Ulysses

Monteverdi’s late masterpiece is an epic yet intimate story of love, constancy and sacrifice.

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Category: Opera
Company: Pinchgut Opera
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The Return of Ulysses

Date: 25 Apr 2019

After fighting in the Trojan War and wandering the seas, Ulysses has finally returned home. 

But everything has changed and instead of a hero’s welcome, Ulysses finds his palace occupied by rival kings keen to seduce his wife Penelope and kill his son.

Will Ulysses regain his wife and home?

Based on the final chapters of Homer’s timeless poem the Odyssey, Monteverdi’s late masterpiece is an epic yet intimate story of love, constancy and sacrifice.

Fernando Guimarãres, last seen in Australia in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Handel: Heaven and Harmony, stars as Ulysses, a role he has sung to international acclaim. Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby joins him as Penelope.

Pinchgut Opera’s Artistic Director Erin Helyard describes the opera as “Monteverdi’s finest achievement: a perfect blend of words and music.”

 

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