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(Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria). Ten. (though more usually sung by a bar.). Husband of Penelope and father of Telemaco. He has been away fighting in the Trojan Wars. His wife has been faithful throughout the twenty years of his absence, but she does not recognize him on his return. She is convinced only when he describes accurately something which only her husband can know—the quilt which is on their bed. Created (1640) possibly by Francesco Paolelli (whose wife and son are thought to have created Penelope and Telemaco).

Subjects: Opera.

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