A romantic French take on Spain's greatest literary hero, starring the incomparable Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Excerpt from Don Quichotte, Decca 478 4179. L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Choeur de la Radio Suisse Romande, Kazimierz Kord, conductor. Nicolai Ghiaurov, Gabriel Bacquier, Régine Crespin.
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Based on the same classic novel that inspired
the Broadway hit Man of La Mancha, Don
Quichotte is Massenet’s affectionate portrayal
of literature’s ultimate dreamer, Don Quixote. Ferruccio Furlanetto, opera’s
pre-eminent bass, stars in his intensely moving
signature role. Lush melodies and Spanish
dance rhythms conjure up medieval Spain at the
end of the age of chivalry. In this enchanting
production, characters spring out of giant
leather-bound storybooks as windmills are
fashioned from oversized quills.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately two hours, 25 minutes including one intermission.
Sung in French with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Linda Brovsky
Set Designer: Donald Eastman
Costume Designer: Christina Poddubiuk
Don Quichotte: Ferruccio Furlanetto
Sancho Panza: Quinn Kelsey
Dulcinée: Anita Rachvelishvili
Production from Seattle Opera
Top: John Relyea (centre, on horse) as Don Quichotte in the Seattle Opera production of Don Quichotte, 2011. Photo: Rozarii Lynch
Thumbnail: Nicolas Cavallier as Don Quichotte in the Seattle Opera production of Don Quichotte, 2011. Photo: Rozarii Lynch