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The Sunday Opera: Claudio Monteverdi's "The Return of Ulysses" from London's Roundhouse

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We’ll journey to the 17th century on this week’s Sunday Opera (7/22 3:00 p.m.) and a production of Claudio Monteverdi’s “The Return of Ulysses” in a joint production of London’s Roundhouse and the Royal Opera.  This tale of Ulysses’ return to Penelope and the defeat of her treacherous suitors after his arduous journey  features Roderick Williams in the title role and Christine Rice as his Penelope, and they’re joined by David Shipley as Antinous, Catherine Carby as Minerva, Samuel Boden as Telemachus, and Susan Buckley as Eurycleia.  

After the opera, we’ll look to more music based on the ancient Greeks as host Michael Kownacky plays selections from Jacques Offenbach’s tale of Paris and Helen found in his operetta “La Belle Helene” before a performance of Albert Roussel’s score for the ballet “Bacchus et Ariane” which tells the tale of Ariadne’s abandonment by Theseus on the island of Naxos and her eventual marriage to Bacchus.