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.
“A terrific production… unmissable”
“Roderick Williams might have been born to sing the title role”
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.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.Jason Read my story
*Fees are £2.20 per transaction
Cast change: Caitlin Hulcup to sing in The Return of Ulysses. More info
This production contains adult themes. Audience discretion is advised.
Latecomers will be admitted at the interval and can watch the first half on a screen in Torquil’s Bar (first floor).
Running time: 2 hrs 55 mins (including a 25 min interval)
Tickets are also available through the Royal Opera House box office
Sung in English with subtitles
Ulysses Dining Experience
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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.
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