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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to His Country) IT - 1640
Claudio Monteverdi 1567 - 1643 IT 2*
Libretto by Giacomo Badoaro based on the second half of the Odyssey by Homer
First performance at Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice in 1640
Italian libretto - German translation - Spanish translation
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Monteverdi's first opera for Venice displays the composer's mastery of portrayal of genuine individuals as opposed to stereotypes. Based on the final portion of Homer's Odyssey. Ulysse comes home after long travels and needs to eliminate suitors before being reunited with his wife Penelope.