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Tilting at metronomes: Massenet's Don Quichotte opens at Grange Park Opera

Plus: a straightforwardly colourful first staging of Offenbach’s gently satirical <em>Vert-Vert</em> at Garsington

21 June 2014

9:00 AM

21 June 2014

9:00 AM

Don Quichotte

Grange Park Opera, in rep until 9 July


Garsington Opera, in rep until 9 July

To suggest that the ageing Jules Massenet identified himself with the title character of his Don Quichotte is nothing new — and late works such as this by definition encourage biographical interpretations. One of the main liberties of the opera, premièred in 1910 and very loosely based (via a contemporary verse play) on Cervantes, was to bring the character of Dulcinea (here ‘La Belle Dulcinée’) out of the realm of the imagination and to embody her as a distinctly flesh-and-blood mezzo-soprano.

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