Don Quichotte

DON QUICHOTTE was Jules Massenet’s musical homage on the opera stage to a classic of world literature. In the eponymous hero’s world everything is possible: windmill sails become the arms of giants, he battles a horde of bandits and his love for the fair Dulcinea is requited. Yet the “knight of the sorrowful countenance” is forced to accept that his dreams have no place in other people’s reality. First performed in 1910 in Monte Carlo, the “comédie héroique” DON QUICHOTTE was Massenet’s penultimate work of musical theatre and in some respects a reflection on death and the ageing process. The 68-year-old composer was himself marked by illness and wrote the score in his sickbed. It is not only Don Quixote, dying of a broken heart, who is asking in the twilight of his years how we might succeed in making our dreams of achieving happiness come true. Through the ambivalent character of Dulcinea he narrates how the façade of a supposedly pure lust for life conceals a fear of its transitory nature.

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Director: Jakop Ahlbom
Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Stage design: Katrin Bombe
Costume design: Katrin Wolfermann
Light design: Ulrich Niepel
Chorus Master: Jeremy Bines
Dramaturge: Dorothea Hartmann
Don Quichotte: Alex Esposito
Sancho Pansa: Seth Carico
Dulcinée: Clémentine Margaine
Pedro: Alexandra Hutton
Garcias: Cornelia Kim
Rodriguez: James Kryshak
Juan: Samuel Dale Johnson
Chorus: Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin