Grange Festival Il Ritorn 2017 small

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

A tale of unwavering love


To mark the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth, the Grange Festival’s artistic director Michael Chance, stage director Tim Supple, and designer Sumant Jayakrishnan, join forces to create a visually arresting production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.

The thrilling and deeply moving last episodes of Homer’s Odyssey form the story of Claudio Monteverdi’s last and most powerful opera. The weary but always wily Ulysses (Odysseus) is washed up on a rocky shore. It turns out to be his home island Ithaca. With the help of his guardian goddess, Minerva, his old shepherd, and his son, he plots and enacts the massacre of the hordes of greedy suitors besieging his wife Penelope and her court. Her constancy, determination and skill have helped fight them off for nearly twenty years. The final reconciliation of husband and wife are presented with heart-wringing majesty. This is musical drama writ immediate and visceral. An exotic sound world, memorable tunes, fast paced story-telling and dramatic intensity all worthy of Shakespeare make this opera truly great.

  • Composer — Claudio Monteverdi
  • Librettist — Giacomo Badoaro

Production Team




Anna Bonitatibus hit the emotional bull's eye


Meticulously directed by Tim Supple and inventively designed by Sumant Jayakrishnan

The Daily Telegraph

A bold and innovative launch to the new Grange Festival

The Times

Nilon wonderfully captures Ulisse's noble anguish

The Guardian

Paul Nilon turns in an extraordinary Ulisse

The Stage
Card wide image 4

Become a Friend

Our Festival Friends ensure the success of each festival and are essential to sustaining the high quality of opera at The Grange.