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
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Latecomers will be seated at a suitable moment in the performance
Ticket will also be available through the Royal Opera House box office
Sung in English with surtitles
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Tickets for the Insight Event with director John Fulljames and members of the cast and creative team are only available via the Roundhouse,
Wall of Sound
This intimate listening experience will feature personal stories by emerging young poets, written in response to the story of The Return of Ulysses. Head to Torquil’s Bar throughout the run, entry is free.