To mark Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, John Eliot Gardiner and his exceptional period-instrument ensemble and choir summon the origins of an art form that began over four centuries ago, illuminating the touching humanity of Monteverdi’s surviving operas in three semi-staged performances over a single week.
The Return of Ulysses portrays the moving conclusion of Homer’s Odyssey, in which Ulysses and Penelope are reunited amidst quarrelling gods, scheming servants, and conniving courtiers. The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, under director John Eliot Gardiner, illuminate this quintessential Monteverdi opera celebrating the endurance of love.
This performance is also a part of Great Performers.
“The best of the early-music movement.”– New York Times on John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir
“John Eliot Gardiner lifts his colleagues to new heights of virtuosity”– Financial Times
Thursday, October 19 Alice Tully Hall
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
Furio Zanasi, Ulisse
Marianna Pizzolato, Penelope
Krystian Adam, Telemaco
Hana Blažíková, Minerva
John Eliot Gardiner and Elsa Rooke, co-directors
Performance length: 3 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission
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