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And so Dell’Arte Opera’s revival this month is welcomed by Trove Thursday with a broadcast from Sweden’s beautiful Drottningholms Slottsteater with Ann Hallenberg and Petteri Salomaa because the soon-to-be-reunited Penelope and Ulysses.

Listening to this Monteverdi, I believed again to 1992 after I spent July on Lake Como. My associate on the time was awarded a residency on the Rockefeller Basis’s ravishing Villa Serbelloni. Different residents throughout our keep included Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Samuel P. Huntington, Paula Vogel and Tania León. Amongst this dazzling firm I felt self-conscious about my standing as a “partner” plus I quickly discovered I used to be additionally the youngest individual there.

Though exhausted from our transalantic flight and drive from Malpensa to Bellagio, we jumped proper into the villa’s routine. Every artist or scholar was requested to make an after-dinner presentation about his or her present venture, and on our very first evening it was musicologist Ellen Rosand’s flip. I knew her monumental examine Opera in Seventeenth-Century Venice: The Creation of a Style, so regardless of heavy jet-lag I used to be eager to listen to her.

Whereas everybody else nodded politely as she spoke about Monteverdi, I used to be fascinated. On the finish, she invited questions so I requested about Ritorno d’Ulisse’s gluttonous Iro. Ellen brightened and we had a full of life interchange concerning the opera’s comedian characters.

I didn’t really feel a lot just like the “new child” after that interchange, and the remainder of the month was Lombardian bliss. Ellen’s presentation finally was printed in Monteverdi’s Venetian Trilogy: The Late Operas. The final time we bumped into one another was at Alice Tully Corridor just a few years in the past after a efficiency of Ritorno d’Ulisse below John Eliot Gardiner.

Talking of Iro, right now’s efficiency makes the unprecedented step of dropping Anfinomo. one of many suitors, and changing him with Iro. My first acquaintance with Ritorno d’Ulisse was a broadcast from the BBC Proms of the legendary Glyndebourne Pageant manufacturing with Janet Baker and Benjamin Luxon in an expectedly lush realization by Raymond Leppard.

Alexander Oliver, its Iro, additionally occurred to carry out the function the primary time I noticed the opera in individual. The Dutch Nationwide Opera introduced Pierre Audi’s model to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1993, and I used to be delighted to have Oliver make that particular connection for me. Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Graciela Araya have been its excellent Ulisse and Penelope.

9 years later BAM once more introduced Ritorno d’Ulisse in Adrian Noble’s manufacturing for Les Arts Florissants. It was notably newsworthy as its lead pair have been a married couple: Serbian contralto Marjana Mijanovic and Croatian tenor Kresmir Spicer. Because the video of that present demonstrates, each have been fantastic, however she grabbed all the eye which led to huge engagements and recordings.

Sadly, vocal issues swiftly adopted and she or he quickly disappeared from the scene and the couple additionally divorced. Spicer, nonetheless, has steadily continued doing effective work over the previous twenty years; he was lately featured within the appallingly misconceived Aix Idomeneo.

Ritorno d’Ulisse additionally delivered my first glimpse of the stage magic of William Kentridge whose puppet-driven Monteverdi arrived in New York in 2004 with the Ricercar Consort. One other effective Swedish mezzo Kristina Hammarström waited patiently for baroque specialist Furio Zanasi (who carried out extra Monteverdi with Jordi Savall at Carnegie Corridor this previous fall).

Three years later, Kentridge’s Die Zauberflöte arrived on the Brooklyn Academy of Music. After experiencing it and Ritorno d’Ulisse, I had seen most every part in his restricted bag of methods, as I later realized after attending his Shostakovich and Berg productions on the Met.

Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria

Penelope: Ann Hallenberg
Minerva/Fortuna: Susanne Rydén
Melanto/Amore: Tuva Semmingsen
Ericlea/Giunone: Miriam Treichl
Ulisse: Petteri Salomaa
Telemaco: Anders J. Dahlin
Eumete/Giove: Niklas Bjorling Rygert
Eurimaco: Fredrik Strid
Iro: Johan Christensson
Pisandro/l’Humana Fragilita: Martin Vanberg
Antinoo/Nettuno/Tempo: Lukas Jakobski

Conductor: Mark Tatlow
Drottningholm Courtroom Theater
9 August 2008


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