This is the first recording of the five act version of Monteverdi’s opera Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria! Since a 5 act libretto and a 3 act score have been handed down, it has taken a large amount of research to arrive at this version. Only this way, however, justice can be done to the composer’s treatment of the dramatic content of this work.
Of course Baroque composer Monteverdi is more or less the founder of opera as a genre. It al started with his Orfeo. This production of Ulisse is part of a trilogy of three operas by Monteverdi. The same performers have also recorded Il coronazione di Poppea and Orfeo directed by Sergio Vartolo.
Executed by a pre-eminently all-Italian cast and also Italian directed which greatly enhances the credibility and fluency of the performances.
The vocal cast consists of singers who all have won their spurs in early music performing. With baritone Loris Bertolo as Ulisse, tenor Davide Cicchetti as Iro, Makoto Sakurado as Telemacho and alto Gabriella Martellacci as Penelope.
The booklet contains the entire text in both Italian and English. A very extensive treatise on the backgrounds of the opera by early opera specialist Ellen Rostand is included as well.