Don Quichotte

Jules Massenet (1842 – 1912)

Information on the piece

Comédie héroïque in fünf Akten
Libretto von Henri Cain nach dem Drama
„Le Chevalier de la longue figure“ von Jacques Le Lorrain
sowie nach Miguel de Cervantes
Uraufführung am 19. Februar 1910 in Monte-Carlo
Premiere an der Deutschen Oper Berlin am 30. Mai 2019

ca. 2 Stunden 15 Minuten / Eine Pause

In französischer Sprache mit deutschen und englischen Übertiteln

Einführung: 45 Minuten vor Vorstellungsbeginn im Rang-Foyer rechts

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About the performance

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.

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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