I just wanted to share with you all that my place of work, Manhattan School of Music, is having an opera event- Gabriel Faure's Penelope. I'm attending the event this evening (Wednesday, Dec 9). Here is a link: http://www.msmnyc.edu/
On the program it is written: Penelope is the story of Ulysses returning to his wife Penelope after the Trojan War and the revenge he takes on her suitors.
I read a little more on the play, and it's quite intriguing. I have seen snippets of this tale, not through plays but through other venues like..Xena, an episode called Ulysses (Roman version). But we get a small glimpse of Penelope, and the golden bow of which she asks suitors to string, in order to win her hand. I do love the fact that Loreena, takes it from Penelope's point of view as she mentions on her video "Nights From The Alhambra". How hard it was for her to be away, from her husband, who is at war for so long. And she, just waiting, for his return. I love it that Loreena had written in her Ancient Muse CD booklet "we hear not only the voices of those doing the leaving....but also the voices of those who are left behind."
Once I have seen the show, I will share a review with you.