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Astonishing Monteverdi from John Eliot Gardiner

Author: Opus Arte

Recorded in Venice’s historical Teatro La Fenice, this semi-staged production is part of Gardiner’s acclaimed celebration of Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary.

  • Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria 1 | Copyright: © Michele Crosera

    Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria 1 © Michele Crosera

  • Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria 2 | Copyright: © Michele Crosera

    Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria 2 © Michele Crosera

  • Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria 3 | Copyright: © Michele Crosera

    Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria 3 © Michele Crosera

Claudio Monteverdi was a pioneer in the origins and development of opera, taking vocal music beyond Renaissance polyphony and entering a modern era in which genuine feelings and emotions are expressed through a wide variety of characters. Part of a late flowering in Monteverdi’s illustrious career, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria is considered the most tender and moving of his three surviving operas. It takes its narrative from the second half of Homer’s Odyssey, presenting Ulysses as a flawed hero; a lone wanderer who has to overcome cruel tests, terrible hardships, treachery and deception before he can be reunited with his faithful queen Penelope and recover his kingdom. Recorded in Venice’s historical Teatro La Fenice, this semi-staged production is part of John Eliot Gardiner’s acclaimed celebration of Monteverdi’s 450th anniversary, a true milestone in Western cultural history.

John Eliot Gardiner’s ad-hoc company of impressive singers and musicians shine in a beautifully realised semi-staging that sounded totally assured... Every element in this show, you sense, has been carefully thought out and beautifully realised." (The Guardian ★★★★★)

"It already looks as if it will be the unmissable event of this Monteverdi year" (The Times ★★★★★)

Genre Opera
Production year 2017
Stage Director Elsa Rooke
Production Company A Production of Ozango, Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra, France Télévisions, Unitel
Distribution DVD Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
Distribution VOD / SVOD Naxos Rights (Europe) Ltd
Orchestra / Band English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner
Composer Claudio Monteverdi

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