Opéra de Paris

Don Quichotte

In Cinemas 29, 30 Jun & 3 Jul 2024
Conductor
Patrick Fournillier
Orchestra
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Cast
Christian Van Horn (Don Quichotte), Gaëlle Arquez (La Belle Dulcinée), Étienne Dupuis (Sancho Pança), Emy Gazeilles (Pedro), Marine Chagnon (Garcias), Maciej Kwaśnikowski (Rodriguez), Nicholas Jones (Juan)
Composer
Jules Massenet
Director
Damiano Michieletto
Set Design
Paolo Fantin
Duration
Approx. 2h50, including two intervals
Sung in French, with English subtitles
Captured live from Opéra Bastille, Paris 23 May 2024
Official Event Listing
  • Absolutely unforgettable. Damiano Michieletto probably signs one of the most intelligent, most accomplished, most moving shows seen for a long time on an opera stage. Already a reference.
    Stéphane Lelièvre, BACHTRACK
    Seductive and refined. Van Horn captivates from start to finish.
    João Marcos Copertino, OPERAWIRE

Comédie héroïque in five acts (1910)

New Production! Massenet’s charming, resonant final opera returns to the Paris stage for the first time in over two decades, with Christian Van Horn in the title role.

The composer retained only a few of the main emblematic episodes of Cervantes’ lavish novel: the legendary knight-errant's love for the beautiful Dulcinée (rising star Gaëlle Arquez), his chivalrous spirit that leads him to pursue brigands to recover her necklace, his famous battle with the windmills and his death as he lies beside his servant Sancho (Étienne Dupuis).

Inspired by this atmospheric and moving music, acclaimed director Damiano Michieletto’s new production seeks to reveal not just the poetry of the protagonist, but also his suffering: that of a deeply lonely man, haunted by his memories. Patrick Fournillier, the current Music Director of the Polish National Opera, conducts.

Please note programme change: the previously billed Ildar Abdrazakov and Marianne Crebassa are no longer playing in this production. [updated 22 Mar 24]. Patrick Fournillier replaces the previously billed Mikhail Tatarnikov. [updated 23 Apr 24]

Sydney patrons please note: Due to the recent closure of Palace Verona for building redevelopment, this production will instead screen nearby at Palace Moore Park, located in the Entertainment Quarter precinct in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Advance tickets now on sale.

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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