Don Quichotte

Jules Massenet

Comédie héroïque in five acts (1910)
Libretto by Henri Cain based on Jacques Le Lorrains
Le Chevalier de la longue figure (1904)
sung in French with German surtitles

Premiere 
18 July 2019 - 7.30 p.m., Festspielhaus
Don Quichotte

The "knight of the sad countenance" has for centuries been one of the most fascinating characters in world literature. His generosity, morality and also imagination have impressed and inspired a variety of artists. Don Quixote's tilting against windmills – which he imagines to be fearsome giants – has become emblematic of his identity.

On the opera stage, in the hands of French composer Jules Massenet, Don Quixote becomes a passionate figure. He sings Dulcinée a beautiful serenade and recovers jewellery stolen from her by dangerous thieves, but even so she turns down his proposal of marriage. In Massenet's opera – based on Jacques Le Lorrain's play – the woman Don Quixote adores becomes a real figure in the drama, a departure from the original novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Massenet was very taken with the idea: "She brought the element of female beauty into our piece, and our Don Quichotte acquired great poetic charm as a result, dying as he does here because of true love for the fair Dulcinea, who richly merited such adoration."

The knight's love thus becomes the decisive motor of his actions in the opera. He risks his life for it, Dulcinée having promised him her love if he manages to get her stolen jewellery back from the bandits. At first they plan to kill him but are so moved by his farewell prayer that they let him go and hand over the jewellery.

The interplay of fantasy and reality is rendered with great sensitivity in Massenet's score. The dramatic situations are each given their own evocative musical style. Spanish village life is illustrated with castanets and marked rhythms. Dulcinée's admirers sing of her beauty in madrigal style, while shimmering orchestral colour accompanies Don Quichotte's declaration of love.

The stage director Mariame Clément, born in Paris, has made a name for herself in recent years with productions at the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, Opéra national de Paris, Oper Graz, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and at Glyndebourne Festival.

Music director Antonino Fogliani
Stage director Mariame Clément
Stage & costume designer Julia Hansen
Lighting designer Ulrik Gad

Prague Philharmonic Choir
Wiener Symphoniker

Cast

Dulcinée Anna Goryachova​
Don Quichotte Gábor Bretz
Sancho David Stout​
Pedro Léonie Renaud
Garcias Vera Maria Bitter​
Rodriguez Paul Schweinester
Juan Patrik Reiter

Prices & Seating Map
Sitzplan Oper 17
PRICES
Category 1: EUR 148
Category 2: EUR 131
Category 3: EUR 114
Category 4: EUR 98
Category 5: EUR 57
Category 6: EUR 27

Premiere surcharge: EUR 25 per ticket (Categories 1 & 2). There is a different seating plan for the premiere.

Subject to alteration: programme valid as of August 2018.

Additional information

Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere on 17 July 2019
9.15 p.m., Seebühne

Opera in three acts (1851)

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Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere on 17 July 2019
9.15 p.m., Seebühne

Opera in three acts (1851)

Sujet Rigoletto 19, Inhalt
Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi
Premiere on 17 July 2019
9.15 p.m., Seebühne

Opera in three acts (1851)

Sujet Orchesterkonzerte 19, Inhalt
Sujet Orchesterkonzerte 19, Inhalt
Orchestral Concerts

Wiener Symphoniker
Symphony Orchestra ​Vorarlberg

22 July and
​4, 5 & 18 August 2019

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Sujet Orchesterkonzerte 19, Inhalt
Orchestral Concerts

Wiener Symphoniker
Symphony Orchestra ​Vorarlberg

22 July and
​4, 5 & 18 August 2019

Sujet Orchesterkonzerte 19, Inhalt
Orchestral Concerts

Wiener Symphoniker
Symphony Orchestra ​Vorarlberg

22 July and
​4, 5 & 18 August 2019

Einführung
Einführung
Introductory Talk

Exclusive insights
On the evening of a performance in the Festspielhaus.

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Einführung
Introductory Talk

Exclusive insights
On the evening of a performance in the Festspielhaus.

Einführung
Introductory Talk

Exclusive insights
On the evening of a performance in the Festspielhaus.