Ulysse or Ulysse et Pénélope (Ulysses or Ulysses and Penelope) is an opera by the French composer Jean-Féry Rebel, first performed at the Académie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opéra) on 21 January 1703. It takes the form of a tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts. The libretto is by Guichard.
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