The Greek Homeric epic the Odyssey, written ca. 800 BCE, remains one of the seminal works of Western civilisation. In this tale of agonising struggle and hair-raising adventure, the hero’s journey covers ten years at sea at the mercy of gods, men and monsters, before peace and domestic bliss are finally regained. Monteverdi drew on the second part of Homer’s epic for the first of his Venetian operas: Ulysses’ efforts to defeat the suitors of his wife Penelope.
The first part of the Odyssey has gained new and tragic relevance in recent years in light of the plight of refugees around the globe today.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643): Scenes from Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria (1640)
Alex Pozniak (b. 1982): In Search of Asylum for piano quartet
Mary Finsterer (b. 1962): Angelus for clarinet trio
Robert Davidson (b. 1965) and Stephanie Arnold: Across the Water (2016)
Simone Vallerotonda, theorbo, baroque guitar, chitarra battente
Gabriele Miracle, percussion
Mirko Arnone. Colascione e chitarra battente
Chloe Lankshear, soprano
Kate Howden, mezzo-soprano
Tobias Cole, countertenor
Andrew Fysh, bass
Veronique Serret, violin
James Wannan, viola
Christopher Pidcock, cello
Magdalenna Krstevska, clarinet
Rachael Shipard, piano
Stephanie Arnold, cello
Roland Peelman, piano
ADULT $69, CONC. $64, U30 $30, U18 $25, STUDENT RUSH $25
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