• Pinchgut Opera (map)
  • Strawberry Hills
  • NSW 2012
  • Australia

Based on the final chapters of Homer’s timeless poem the Odyssey, Monteverdi’s late masterpiece is an epic yet intimate story of love, constancy and sacrifice.

After fighting in the Trojan War and wandering the seas, Ulysses has finally returned home. But everything has changed and instead of a hero’s welcome, Ulysses finds his palace occupied by rival kings keen to seduce his wife Penelope and kill his son. Will Ulysses regain his wife and home?

Fernando Guimarãres, last seen in Australia in the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s Handel: Heaven and Harmony, stars as Ulysses, a role he has sung to international acclaim. Australian mezzo-soprano Catherine Carby, whose ravishing tone and deeply moving performances have earned her rave reviews around the world, joins him as Penelope.

Fernando Guimarães Ulysses

Catherine Carby Penelope

Lauren Lodge-Campbell Ericlea, Minerva, Fortuna, Sirena I

Roberta Diamond Amore, Melanto, Giunone

Nicholas Tolputt Feace I, Anfinomo, Marittimo I

Mark Wilde Eurimaco, Iro, Marittimo II

Jacob Lawrence Giove, Eumete

Nicholas Jones Telemaco, Feace II

Douglas Kelly Pisandro, Marittimo III

Wade Kernot Tempo, Nettuno, Antinoo

Orchestra of the Antipodes


Erin Helyard Conductor

Chas Rader-Shieber Director

Melanie Liertz Designer