To mark Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, John Eliot Gardiner and his exceptional period-instrument ensemble and choir summon the origins of an art form that began over four centuries ago, illuminating the touching humanity of Monteverdi’s surviving operas in three semi-staged performances over a single week.


The Return of Ulysses portrays the moving conclusion of Homer’s Odyssey, in which Ulysses and Penelope are reunited amidst quarrelling gods, scheming servants, and conniving courtiers. The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, under director John Eliot Gardiner, illuminate this quintessential Monteverdi opera celebrating the endurance of love.


This performance is also a part of Great Performers.

The Program

“The best of the early-music movement.”
– New York Times on John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir
“John Eliot Gardiner lifts his colleagues to new heights of virtuosity”
– Financial Times

Venue and Accessibility

1941 Broadway
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Monteverdi: The Birth of Opera

The Return of Ulysses

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm Alice Tully Hall

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Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Furio Zanasi, Ulisse

Marianna Pizzolato, Penelope

Krystian Adam, Telemaco

Hana Blažíková, Minerva

John Eliot Gardiner and Elsa Rooke, co-directors

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Performance Details

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    Program Notes
  • Pre-concert lecture by Ellen Rosand at 5:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
    Pre-concert lecture by Ellen Rosand at 5:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
  • This performance will be followed by a White Light Lounge.
    This performance will be followed by a White Light Lounge.

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Performance length: 3 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission