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Monteverdi from Sir 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 cover | Copyright: © Michele Crosera

    Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria cover © Michele Crosera

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

    Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria © Michele Crosera

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

    Il ritorno d'Ulisses in patria © 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.

"... Those who have been fortunate enough to hear all of these performances will have seen how Gardiner’s hand-picked lineup of soloists has been knitted into a real company, with many of the singers taking roles in all three operas. Binding it together was Gardiner, knowing exactly when to allow the drama to unfold naturally, when to give it an extra push...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 ★★★★★)

Genre Opera
Production year 2017
Duration 150 minutes
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
Stage Director Elsa Rooke
Orchestra / Band English Baroque Soloists, Monteverdi Choir
Conductor John Eliot Gardiner

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