Longborough’s Artistic Director Polly Graham makes her directing debut at the festival with Monteverdi’s lI ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
First performed in Venice in 1640, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria marked Monteverdi’s return to the stage after an absence of more than three decades – at a turning point in musical history. The first great musical dramatist, Monteverdi explores the meaning of a text – realising its significance in sound.
Epic, magisterial; fuelled by timeless themes of love and war – this score remains a thing to be marvelled at. With Tom Randle playing the titular role, an internationally recognised tenor known for his strength and ardency as a performer, this promises to be an evening to remember.
Longborough Festival Opera is nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds. Its intimate auditorium allows you to experience the drama and emotion on the stage on an almost personal level; making for a memorable performance.
Tickets on general sale March 2020.
“Tom Randle’s Ulysses is a masterpiece of intelligent acting and focused singing.” THE STAGE
“Tenor soloist Tom Randle created a sense of urgency with his powerful and beautiful voice.” OREGON MUSIC NEWS
“I’m delighted to be collaborating with conductor Robert Howarth on The Return of Ulysses – Monteverdi’s beautiful, compassionate drama of homecoming..” POLLY GRAHAM