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Don Quichottelocked

  • Rodney Milnes

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Comédie-héroïque in five acts by jules Massenet to a libretto by henri Cain after Jacques Le Lorrain’s verse play Le chevalier de la longue figure (1904, after miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote), Monte Carlo, Opéra, 19 February 1910.

Don Quichotte is the most successful of the six operas commissioned from Massenet by Raoul Gunsbourg for the Opéra de Monte Carlo. The title role was written for Shalyapin, a regular guest artist in Monaco, about whom Massenet was distinctly cool in his ...

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