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Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse

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.

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Performance history

It was first performed on 12 February 1743 at the Acad mie Royale de Musique et de Dance in Paris.

Roles

  • 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

Synopsis

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.

Discography

  • 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).

See also

  • Baroque dance

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