The Return of Ulysses


The Return of Ulysses

City Recital Hall, Angel PlaceJune 13 – 19, 2019

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Thu 13.6.19
7:00 PM
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Sat 15.6.19
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Presented by Pinchgut Opera

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.

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?

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, whose ravishing tone and deeply moving performances have earned her rave reviews around the world, joins him as Penelope.

Conductor Erin Helyard
Director Chas Rader-Shieber
Designer Melanie Liertz
Ulysses Fernando Guimarãres 

Catherine Carby

Ericlea, Minerva, Fortuna, Sirena I Lauren Lodge-Campbell
Amore, Melanto, Giunone Roberta Diamond
Feace I, Anfinomo, Marittimo I Nicholas Tolputt
Eurimaco, Iro, Marittimo II Mark Wilde
Giove, Eumete Jacob Lawrence
Telemaco, Feace II Nicholas Jones
Pisandro, Marittimo III Douglas Kelly
Tempo, Nettuno, Antinoo Wade Kernot

Orchestra of the Antipodes

Running time: approximately 3 hours, including one interval.

Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.

The Return of Ulysses shows Monteverdi’s extraordinary creative power in his last years, certainly it illuminates almost every aspect of human experience in a way that was without precedent.”

— Gramophone
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