Penelope is besieged by nefarious suitors, keen to declare Ulysses dead and seize power over Ithaka. Ulysses finally arrives home, in disguise – and Penelope promises to accept the man who can string Ulysses’ great bow.
Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses) is Monteverdi’s beautiful, compassionate drama of homecoming. This production features Tom Randle in the title role and marks Longborough Artistic Director Polly Graham’s directorial debut at the festival.
Sung in Italian and performed on period instruments, this production is a collaboration with specialist orchestra The Academy of Ancient Music.
POLLY GRAHAM TAPPED INTO THE WORK’S IMPLICIT THEATRICALITY AND MODERNITY TO CREATE A STAGING THAT HELD ONE CAPTIVE AND CAPTIVATED THROUGHOUT
Opera magazine, Le Vin herbé (WNO 2017)
The Academy of Ancient Music is an orchestra with a worldwide reputation for excellence in baroque and classical music, using historically informed techniques, period-specific instruments and original sources to bring music to life in committed, vibrant performances.
Established to make the first British recordings of orchestral works using instruments from the baroque and classical periods, The Academy of Ancient Music has released more than 300 discs, many of which are still considered definitive performances. Among its accolades for recording are Classic BRIT, Gramophone and Edison awards. It has now established its own record label, AAM Records, and is proud to be the most listened-to orchestra of its kind online.
Based in Cambridge, AAM is Orchestra-in-Residence at the city’s university, Grange and Milton Abbey Festivals, and The Apex Bury St Edmunds; Associate Ensemble at London’s Barbican and Teatro San Cassiano in Venice; and a Research Partner at the University of Oxford.