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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.

Seth Carico
Seth Carico Thomas Aurin

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.

DON QUICHOTTE is staged by director, performer, magician and Amsterdam resident Jakop Ahlbom, who is known and celebrated across Europe for his unique approach to theatre. His productions are a peculiar combination of pantomime, dance, music and illusion bursting with magical, surrealistic, nightmarish images, as evinced in VIELFALT [2006], INNENSCHAU [2010], LEBENSRAUM [2012] and, most recently, HORROR.

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Comédie héroïque in five actsLibretto by Henri Cain, based on a drama „Le Chevalier de la longue figure“ by Jacques Le Lorrainand on the novel by Miguel de CervantesFirst performed on 19th February 1910 in Monte-CarloPremiered at the Deutsche Oper Berlin on 30th May, 2019

Pre-performance lecture (in German): 45 minutes prior to each performance
Participating artists
Daniel Carter (Musikalische Leitung)
Jakop Ahlbom (Inszenierung)
Katrin Bombe (Bühne)
Katrin Wolfermann (Kostüme)
Ulrich Niepel (Licht)
Jeremy Bines (Chöre)
Patrick Guetti (Don Quichotte)
Misha Kiria (Sancho Pansa)
Maire Therese Carmack (Dulcinée)
Hye-Young Moon (Pedro)
Arianna Manganello (Garcias)
Kieran Carrel (Rodriguez)
Dean Murphy (Juan)
Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Chöre)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin (Orchester)
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Deutsche Oper Berlin