Synopsis of 'Ulysses' Monteverdi's 'The Return of Ulysses' is based on Homer's epic, 'The Odyssey.'

Artists Featured in 'The Return of Ulysses'

Sara Fulgoni made her Royal Opera House debut in Verdi's Luisa Miller. hide caption

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Versatile tenor Paul Nilon sings music ranging from J.S. Bach to Benjamin Britten. Joan Russell Photography hide caption

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Complete Cast of the Opera

Paul Nilon (Ulysses); Sara Fulgoni (Penelope); Elizabeth Vaughan (Ericlea); Clive Bayley (Antinoo/Time/Neptune); Neil Jenkins (Iro); Ed Lyon (Telemaco); Iestyn Davies (Pisandro/Human Frailty); Sarah Tynan (Melanto); Elizabeth Atherton (Minerva); Andrew Tortise (Eurimaco); Geoffrey Dolton (Eumete); Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks (Anfinomo/Jupiter)

Welsh National Opera Orchestra

Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor

Paul Nilon and Sara Fulgoni star in The Return of Ulysses from Cardiff, Wales.

Paul Nilon

Tenor (Ulysses)

Paul Nilon has a reputation as one of Europe's most versatile lyric tenors, singing a repertory ranging from Monteverdi, to Mozart, to Benjamin Britten. He has appeared at the English National Opera, playing lead roles in three Mozart Operas: Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ottavio in Don Giovanni and the title role in La Clemenza di Tito. At the Welsh National Opera he's played Peter Quint in Britten's The Turn of the Screw and Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff, as well as Monteverdi's Ulysses. He has also played Ulysses at the Maggio Musicale in FLorence, in a production led by Trevor Pinnock.

Nilon's career in the concert hall has included performances in Bach's B Minor Mass with the London Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the BBC Philharmonic.

Sara Fulgoni

Soprano (Penelope)

Sara Fulgoni has sung major roles in operas ranging from Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle and Britten's The Rape of Lucretia to Cavalli's La Calisto and Gluck's Orfeo. She's also known for the title role in Bizet's Carmen, which she has peformed in both Europe and the United States, as well as at the Beijing Music Festival.

Other career highlights include her debuts at the Royal Opera in Verdi's Luisa Miller and at the English National Opera in Wagner's The Twilight of the Gods, and her recordings of Verdi's Oberto for Philips and Puccini's Suor Angelica for EMI.

Fulgoni has also been active in concert and in recital, appearing with the National Orchestra of France and the BBC National Orchestra, and at London's Wigmore Hall and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw.