Longborough Festival Opera
18 July, 2021
Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria (The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland) begins with Ulysses washed ashore on the island of Phaeacia after a shipwreck. He is discovered by the princess Nausicaa, who offers him hospitality. Ulysses reveals his true identity to Nausicaa and tells her about his arduous journey and his desire to return home.
Meanwhile, back in Ithaca, Ulysses' faithful wife, Penelope, has been besieged by a group of suitors who believe Ulysses to be dead. She remains faithful and delays choosing a new husband, hoping for her husband's return. Ulysses is aided by the gods and encounters various obstacles and temptations along the way.