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Bregenz Festival 2019: Don Quichotte

Synopsis

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. 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. Gloriously sensitive musical direction by young Israeli conductor Daniel Cohen, a wonderfully expressive Don by Hungarian bass Gábor Bretz, beautiful depth by Russian mezzo Anna Goryachova as Dulcinée, and David Stout giving a superb interpretation of Sancho Panza.

Additional Info

  • No: A04050115
  • Composer: Jules Massenet
  • Conductor: Daniel Cohen
  • Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker; Prague Philharmonic Choir
  • Artists: Anna Goryachova​, Gábor Bretz, David Stout​, Léonie Renaud, Vera Maria Bitter​
  • Production year: 2019
  • Run time: 01:40:00
  • Director: Stage Director: Mariame Clément
  • Producers: Unitel
  • Format: 4K
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