Il Ritorno d’Ulisse

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Il Ritorno d’Ulisse (or Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria) ("The Return of Ulysses") is an opera consisting of a prologue and five acts, set by Claudio Monteverdi to a libretto by Giacomo Badoaro.

The original text

The opera was first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1639–1640 carnival season.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted by William Kentridge, and using animations and puppets, and set in mid-20th-century Johannesburg.

Performance history in South Africa

1998: Kentridge's adaptation first presented by Handspring Puppet Company in Cape Town. The production has toured widely, and was presented by Handspring Puppet Company at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009.


"The Return of Ulysses/ Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Playhouse/King's Theatre". The Independent. 25 August 2009.

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