Edition 2017

John Eliot Gardiner - Monteverdi

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Monday 10 april - 20h30

Grand Théâtre de Provence

Sir John Eliot Gardiner comes back to Aix Easter Festival with Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, one of the three great operas by Claudio Monteverdi, composed in the twilight of his life and performed in Venice for the first time in 1640. Monteverdi, unanimously considered to be the father of baroque music, brought the shaping of music through words to its highest point using elements that would last until the 19th century.

The conductor, with a career that spans fifty years, directs the well-named Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists, who are performing this piece for the first time. A true encounter at the summit!

  • English Baroque Soloists
    Monteverdi Choir
    John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

    John Eliot Gardiner & Elsa Rooke, stage direction

    Furio Zanasi, Ulisse
    Lucile Richardot, Penelope
    Krystian Adam, Telemaco
    Hana Blažíková, Minerva / Fortuna
    Gianluca Buratto, Tempo / Nettuno / Antinoo
    Michał Czerniawski, Pisandro
    Gareth Treseder, Anfinomo
    Zachary Wilder, Eurimaco
    Anna Dennis Melanto
    John Taylor Ward, Giove
    Francesca Boncompagni, Giunone
    Robert Burt, Iro
    Francisco Fernández-Rueda, Eumete
    Carlo Vistoli, Umana Fragilità
    Silvia Frigato, Amore
    Francesca Biliotti, Ericlea

    • Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
    • The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland