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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.
|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|
Running time: approximately 3 hours, including one interval.
Sung in Italian, with English surtitles.