Monteverdi - Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (Blu-ray)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OABD7299D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 20th May 2022
English Baroque Soloists
ConductorJohn Eliot Gardiner
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.
“Every element in this show, you sense, has been carefully thought out and beautifully realised” – The Times
- Ulisse: Furio Zanasi
- Penelope: Lucile Richardot
- Telemaco: Krystian Adam
- Minerva / Fortuna: Hana Blažiková
- Tempo / Nettuno / Antinoo: Gianluca Burrato
- Pisandro: Michał Czerniawski
- Amfinomo: Gareth Treseder
Co-directors: John Eliot Gardiner, Elsa Rooke
Lighting designer: Rick Fisher
Video director: Sébastien Glas
Duration: approx. 119 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 + DTS-HD Master Audio Surround
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, IT, JP, KO
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