DON QUIXOTE by Jules MassenetSan Diego Civic Theatre
April 5,8,11, & 13, 2014 Don Quixote and the San Diego Opera welcome the return of the dazzling Ferruccio Furlanetto! Furlanetto is a phenomenal Italian bass who has dominated renowned opera houses from New York City to Budapest and Paris to Vienna. Reunited on stage with Eduardo Cahma, this performance offers a pulsating performance to Spanish beats and colorful dances. Don Quixote is an eccentric Spanish knight with the hopeless dream of winning the heart of Dulcinea. On the search to find her stolen necklace, Don Quixote encounters bandits, tilts at giant windmills, and is almost killed, but in the end achieves his goal. Upon his return with the necklace, he is rejected, mocked and scorned by his peers. In the magical world of Don Quixote’s Spain, the eccentric knight pursues his impossible dream of capturing the heart of Dulcinea, his idealized woman, who sends him on a quest to recover her stolen necklace. With his loyal sidekick Sancho, he tilts at giant windmills, confronts bandits, and is nearly killed, but achieves his goal. However, when he returns with the prize, he is mocked, scorned and rejected. In one of the most moving scenes in opera, Don Quixote dies believing he hears Dulcinea calling for him from a distant star. The opera is conducted by Karen Kelter, a French repertoire specialist and directed by Keturah Stickann. The running time of Don Quixote is 2 hours and 16 minutes and includes one intermission. The performance is sung in French and English translations are displayed above the stage.