Music by Ben Moore, Libretto by Kelley Rourke, Commissioned by The Glimmerglass Festival


Presented By Project Opera

Homer’s epic journey. Will Odysseus ever make it home? When he began his journey at the end of the Trojan War, he expected the trip to last a few weeks, or a couple of months at most—he had good boats and a top-notch crew, and he was one of the smartest captains around. He was also very handsome, and a good storyteller, so people were eager to offer him hospitality along the way. Odysseus was almost perfect, except for one thing—he was full of himself, and that kept getting him into trouble.

Matthew Abernathy, Music Director

Kathy Kraulik, Accompanist

Preliminary run time of 50 minutes. 

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The Lab Theater
700 1st St N 
Minneapolis, MN 55401

  • Director's Notes

    We see a King and Queen separated for decades by war and an epic voyage but determined to return to one another. That is the magnet that drives this tale to reunite loved ones, across land and sea …

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  • Synopsis

    After a short prologue, we meet Penelope and Odysseus. Penelope is surrounded by a group of Ithacan women who push her to hurry up and choose a new husband (“Do you really wanna wait forever?”). Odysseus, meanwhile, tries to rally his troops, who would prefer to enjoy the lazy pleasures of the Isle of the Lotus Eaters (“Here upon these fragrant shores”). Time stops as Penelope and Odysseus find strength in thoughts of each other (“Like a shipwrecked sailor”) …

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  • Composer Biography

    The music of American composer Ben Moore has been performed by many leading singers including Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Frederica von Stade, Lawrence Brownlee, Nathan Gunn and Audra McDonald …

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  • Librettist Biography

    Kelley Rourke is a librettist, translator, and dramaturg. She has written librettos for three operas for young people: Wilde Tales, with composer Laura Karpman, and Odyssey and Robin Hood, both with composer Ben Moore …

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  • Director Biography

    Lindsey C. Samples is an actor, director and educator having worked with many theater companies, schools, and organizations including Children’s Theatre Company and The Guthrie …

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