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Work: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Country), SV 325

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ComposerMonteverdi, Claudio (1567-1643)
PeriodEarly
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Pinchgut takes on Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Fernando Guimarães (Ulisse) © Brett Boardman

Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria is given the Pinchgut treatment, with an abstract staging complementing historically informed music-making under Erin Helyard.

****1
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A gripping Return of Ulysses from Opera Collective Ireland

Gyula Nagy (Ulysses) © Marshall Light Studio
Fine singing all round, sensitive continuo musicianship and dramatic action make for a thoroughly enjoyable Return of Ulysses by Monteverdi.
****1
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Opera Atelier's strengths reinforced with Monteverdi

Krešimir Špicer (Ulysses) and Christopher Enns (Telemaco) © Bruce Zinger | Opera Atelier
Opera Atelier's return to the earliest part of the repertoire with Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria showcases their strengths in a relatively restrained production anchored by a strong ensemble cast.
***11
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Monteverdi on a doughnut: Ulysses fails to thrill

The Return of Ulysses © ROH & Roundhouse | Stephen Cummiskey
A series of ill-advised staging choices leads to a disappointingly drab performance of Monteverdi's Homeric epic.
**111
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Sara Mingardo leads a strong cast in Hamburg Ulisse

Sara Mingardo (Penelope) © Monika Rittershaus
Willy Decker's production, presented in Zürich in 2014, is revived at the Hamburgische Staatsoper with most of the same cast
****1
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