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THE RETURN OF ULYSSES: an opera by Claudio Monteverdi

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In cooperation with Berlin's world-renowned Akademie für Alte Musik, Opera Collective Ireland is staging one of the greatest baroque operas. Monteverdi’s magnificent music finds a perfect creative match in the human drama of Homer’s Odyssey. Location: Kilkenny and Dun Laoghaire (until 8 September).

in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival
with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin


In the first ever staging in Ireland of one of the greatest baroque operas, Monteverdi’s magnificent music finds a perfect creative match in the human drama of Homer’s Odyssey.

Ten years after the fall of Troy, the hero Ulysses has still not found his way home, as the gods quarrel over his fate. In Ithaca, his wife Penelope has waited faithfully, hoping against hope that he may still be alive.  Meanwhile the suitors are circling…

The ground-breaking company Opera Collective Ireland joins forces with Kilkenny Arts Festival to showcase Ireland’s finest operatic talent of the younger generation in a new production by Tony Award-winning director Patrick Mason. Christian Curnyn returns to Ireland following superb performances of Idomeneo and Giulio Cesare at the Kilkenny Arts Festival to conduct one of the world’s most acclaimed early music ensembles, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience a glorious operatic marriage of Homer’s epic with renaissance Venice.

A heart-stopping tale of true love against adversity, performed in a vivid new English translation by Christopher Cowell.

A co-production with the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

For Dates and Locations, please contact the Opera Collective Ireland

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