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
MonteverdiIl 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.