|Edwin Crossley-Mercer in Pénélope|
The opera was featured along with Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini and Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring at the opening of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in March 1913. The opera is based on Homer's Odyssey and tells the story of Pénélope who has been waiting twenty years for the return of her husband Odysseus, the King of Ithaca. Meanwhile, many suitors emerged who she promised to marry when she has finished weaving a shroud for her father Laertes.
|Mark Van Arsdale and Edwin Crossley-Mercer|
|A silent, but sexy figure in Olivier Py's Pénélope|
This production is directed by Olivier Py with sets by Pierre-André Weitz in a realistic yet dreamlike interpretation.