Monteverdi : Il ritorno d' Ulisse in patria

Academy of Ancient Music / Egarr

29 September 2015 / 19:00

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Ian Bostridge and Elizabeth Watts head the cast in a vivid performance of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.

The Academy of Ancient Music’s concert hall stagings of Monteverdi operas have been highlights of recent seasons at the Barbican; The Arts Desk called last season’s Poppea ‘wonderful’. Under Richard Egarr – and with a truly world-class cast – this should be a Ulisse to remember.

Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria
begins with a prologue for Human Frailty – and its warmth and subtly-drawn humanity make it more than just a landmark in the evolution of opera. Ian Bostridge takes the title role as Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music continue their acclaimed Monteverdi cycle – a ‘vivid and utterly engaging spectacle’ was how Alexandra Coghlan described their 2014 Poppea.

Programme & Performers

Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Concert hall staging

Academy of Ancient Music
Ian Bostridge Ulisse
Barbara Kozelj Penelope
Elizabeth Watts Minerva/Amore
Andrew Tortise Telemaco
Lukas Jakobski Tempo/Nettuno/Antinoo
Sophie Junker Melanto/Fortuna
Daniela Lehner l'Umana Fragilita
Alexander Oliver Iro
Christopher Gillet Eumete
Charmian Bedford Giunone
John Lattimore Pisandro/Coro di Feaci
Richard Latham Anfinomo/Coro di Feaci
Gwilym Bowen Eurimaco/Giove
Richard Egarr director & harpsichord

Alexander Oliver and Timothy  Nelson co-stage directors

6pm Pre-concert Talk, Fountain Room
Anthony Pryor introduces the music in tonight’s concert.

Free to ticket-holders. Limited Capacity, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Please note: Barbara Kozelj replaces Christine Rice in the role of Penelope.

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Produced by the Barbican and Academy of Ancient Music


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