Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses

Based on the final chapters of Homer’s timeless poem the Odyssey, Monteverdi’s late masterpiece is an epic yet intimate story of love, constancy and sacrifice.

This show was performed in June, 2019.

City Recital Hall Sydney

Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses

After ten years fighting in the Trojan War and ten more years wandering on the seas, Ulysses has finally returned home. But everything has changed during his absence, and instead of a hero’s welcome, Ulysses finds his palace occupied by rival kings keen to seduce his wife Penelope and kill his son. Will he be able to regain his wife and home?

Fernando Guimarães, last seen in Australia in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Handel: Heaven and Harmony, stars as Ulysses, a role he has sung to international acclaim. Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby, whose ravishing tone and deeply moving performances have earned her rave reviews around the world, joins him as Penelope.


Monteverdi The Return of Ulysses

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Thurs 13 June 7pm  |  Sat 15 June  2pm  |  Sun 16 June 5pm  |  Tues 18 June 7pm | Wed 19 June 7pm |

City Recital Hall Sydney

This performance will run for approximately 3 hours including an interval.

There will be a talk about the history of the piece 45 minutes before each performance.

Pinchgut Opera is a national treasure. This wonderful opera is hardly known in Australia, and to have it so completely brought to life is a gift of enormous proportions.


An intelligent characterisation full of telling details, Carby sang with radiant pathos throughout.


Claudio Monteverdi

History and Story
The Return of Ulysses

History and Story of The Return of Ulysses
Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. 
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