• Monika Rittershaus

Thursday 09. Nov. 2017, 7.00 pm - 10.15 pm | Großes Haus


Claudio Monteverdi

Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Die Heimkehr des Odysseus)

Introduction at 6.20 pm

10 years of war. 10 years of odyssey. Darkness. Ulysses returns to his Penelope in the guise of an unkempt ancient beggar. Among all her suitors, only he can span the enormous bow left behind by her missing husband, thus winning her hand. However, his wife fails to recognise him. Only the secret of their marriage bed reunites them and signs her suitors’ death warrants. Fidelity and love win the day in Homer’s epos, ennobling the fate-stricken couple, which is nothing but a ball in the Gods’ game upon earth, in all its tragedy and comedy. The ball is kicked and carried, it soars and plummets – never understanding why. Monteverdi, opera’s visionary of the 16th century, portrayed the figures of the “Odyssey” with full empathy. 2017 sees the 450th anniversary of his birth.

Musical Director: Vaclav Luks
Director: Willy Decker
Set Designer: Wolfgang Gussmann
Costume Designer: Wolfgang Gussmann, Susana Mendoza
Lighting Designer: Franck Evin
Artistic Collaboration: Jan Eßinger
Dramaturgy: Kathrin Brunner

Please note that stroboscope effects are being used.

In Italian with German and English surtitles
A revival from Opernhaus Zürich. Supported by Twerenbold Reisen AG


Venue: Großes Haus, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 6,00 EUR to 97,00 EUR

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