Special Event

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Return of Ulysses Opening Night Benefit Performance The Return of Ulysses Opening Night Benefit Performance

Date + Time

5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Performance begins promptly at 8:00 p.m.
Late seating will not be permitted.


Project Artaud Theater
450 Florida Street
San Francisco


The Return of Ulysses (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse)
An opera by Claudio Monteverdi
Directed by William Kentridge
Revival directed by Luc de Wit
Produced by Pacific Operaworks, Seattle
Musical direction by Stephen Stubbs
Featuring the Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa

The Modern Art Council, SFMOMA's primary fund-raising auxiliary, hosts the highly anticipated opening night benefit performance of Monteverdi's opera The Return of Ulysses (Il Ritorno d'Ulisse), directed by William Kentridge, in conjunction with William Kentridge: Five Themes. Mingle at a pre-show cocktail reception, then see the spellbinding production in its San Francisco debut. All proceeds support SFMOMA's exhibitions and public programs. Performed in Italian with English supertitles; 100 minutes.

Regular performances of the opera are SOLD OUT.

Admission + Ticketing

For ticketing information and more details, please visit the Modern Art Council event page.

The Return of Ulysses is made possible by generous support from the Koret Foundation, Doris and Donald Fisher, the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, and Nancy and Steven H. Oliver. Virgin America is the official airline of this production.

Support for Live Art at SFMOMA is provided by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Major support for the opening night of The Return of Ulysses is provided by KPMG LLP.

Additional support is provided by Peggy and Willis Newton.

Special thanks to our wine sponsor, Napa Valley Vintners.

Image credit: The Return of Ulysses, production still; photo: John Hodgkiss, © Handspring Puppet Company