A drama of war and homecoming

Following the success of Orfeo, The Royal Opera and the Roundhouse collaborate again for the first in-the-round staging of Monteverdi’s opera The Return of Ulysses.

John Fulljames directs, bringing contemporary resonance to this great Greek legend.

Ulysses returns to Ithaca after the Trojan Wars to find his homeland unexpectedly charged with tensions from migrants escaping the same conflict. Disguised as a beggar, he returns to his palace and sees the many suitors who have been competing for his faithful wife Penelope’s hand. A dramatic story of love, loyalty and vengeance ensues.

The Return of Ulysses is considered an early masterpiece of Baroque opera. Roderick Williams sings the title role, with Christine Rice as Penelope.The opera will be sung in English and conducted by Baroque music specialist Christian Curnyn.

40 singers from Roundhouse and Royal Opera House local communities will be given the opportunity to perform on our iconic stage alongside professional opera singers

The Roundhouse goes to extraordinary lengths to provide opportunities for young people to be heard.

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