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Don Quixote

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Don Quixote

Ballet in Three Acts

Choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Staged by Kevin McKenzie and Susan Jones
Music by Ludwig Minkus
Arranged by Jack Everly
Scenery and Costumes by Santo Loquasto
Lighting by Natasha Katz

World Premiere

June 12, 1995
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York

Paloma Herrera (Kitri)
Julio Bocca (Basilio)


Prologue:  Driven by the vision of Dulcinea, the tarnished, yet inspired, Don Quixote begins his adventures with his trusty squire Sancho Panza in tow.

Act I:  Sevilla.  Kitri, Lorenzo’s daughter, is in love with Basilio.  Much to her chagrin, she learns of her father’s plans to marry her to Gamache, a foppish nobleman.  Don Quixote and Sancho Panza enter the village, causing great commotion.  Noticing Kitri, Don Quixote wonders if he has, at last, found his Dulcinea.  At the height of merriment, Kitri and Basilio, aided by their friends, Espada and Mercedes, sneak off followed by Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.  Gamache and Lorenzo attempt to pursue the young couple.

Act II. Scene 1:  Gypsy Camp.  Don Quixote and Sancho Panza discover the fleeing couple in a friendly gypsy camp.  All are inspired by the romance of the night.  As the vision of Dulcinea appears to him, Don Quixote realizes Kitri is not his “ideal”, but indeed belongs with Basilio.  Suddenly the wind gains momentum.  Don Quixote foolishly attacks a windmill, believing it to be a giant threatening Dulcinea’s safety.  Failing miserably, he collapses into a deep sleep.

Act II, Scene 2:  The Dream.  Don Quixote has an enchanted dream of beautiful maidens in which the image of Kitri symbolizes his Dulcinea.

Act II, Scene 3:  Sunrise.  Lorenzo and Gamache interrupt Don Quixote’s dream.  Sympathetic to the plight of the young lovers, Don Quixote attempts to lead Lorenzo and Gamache astray.

Act II, Scene 4:  A Tavern.  Finally discovered, Kitri is forced by Lorenzo to accept the attentions of Gamache.  The thwarted Basilio commits “suicide”.  Upon learning of the farce, Kitri implores Don Quixote to persuade Lorenzo to wed her to the “corpse”.  Instantly Basilio comes to “life”!  Triumphantly, Kitri leaves to prepare for marriage while Don Quixote and Basilio salute Lorenzo and Gamache for stoically accepting the inevitable.

Act III:  The Wedding.  The village celebrates the marriage.  Don Quixote congratulates the couple, bids them a warm “farewell”, and resumes his ever-lasting adventures.