Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (Don Quixote at the Duchess') is a "comic ballet" (com die lyrique) by the French baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Although it is described as a ballet, it is sung throughout with a libretto by Charles Simon Favart.
It was first performed on 12 February 1743 at the Acad mie Royale de Musique et de Dance in Paris.
- Don Quichotte, haute-contre Jean-Antoine B rard
- Sancho Pan a, taille (baritenor) Louis-Antoine Cuvilliers
- Altisidore, soprano Marie Fel
- Peasant girl, soprano Mlle Bourbonnois
- Woman, soprano
- Duke, bass
- Merlin, basse-taille (bass-baritone) Person
- Mont sinos, basse-taille Albert
- Japanese man, basse-taille Person
- Japanese woman, soprano Marie Fel
- Enchanted lovers, sopranos Mlles Clairon and Gondr
- Ballerinas, Marie Anne de Cupis de Camargo and Mimi Dallemand
- Male dancers, David Dumoulin, Louis Dupr and Jean-Barth lemy Lany
The opera is based upon an episode in the Cervantes novel Don Quixote, in which a Duke and Duchess amuse themselves by creating an elaborate ruse to fool the title character.
Don Quichotte chez la la Duchesse (Comic Ballet in Three Acts), by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Herv Niquet (conductor) and the Ensemble "Le Concert Spirituel" ; Naxos 8.553647 (1996).
- Pitou, Spire, The Paris Op ra. An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers Rococo and Romantic, 1715-1815, Greenwood Press, Westport/London, 1985 (article: "Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse", p. 168), ISBN 0-313-24394-8
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