• Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse © Le Concert Spirituel
    Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse © Le Concert Spirituel
  • Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse © Le Concert Spirituel
    Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse © Le Concert Spirituel
  • Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse © Le Concert Spirituel
    Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse © Le Concert Spirituel

Tuesday 22 August 2017, 7.30pm1
Centre Culturel de Joel Le Theule
With the Festival de Sablé

Saturday 2 September 2017, 9pm1
Théâtre de l’Odyssée, Périgueux
With the Festival Sinfonia en Périgord

Sunday 19 Nvember 2017, 5pm*#
Théâtre municipal de Thionville

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 December 2017, 8pm (Sunday 4pm)#
Opéra de Massy


Casting


Stage directors : Corinne et Gilles Benizio alias Shirley et Dino
Musical Director : Hervé Niquet
Choreography : Philippe Lafeuille
Set design : Daniel Bevan
Lights design : Jacques Rouveyrollis
Costumes design : Charlotte Winter et Anaïs Heureaux

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro - Don Quichotte
Marc Labonette / Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin# - Sancho Pança
Chantal Santon-Jeffery / Julie Prola* - The Duchess, Altisidore, the Japanase
Virgile Ancely - Montésinos, Merlin, le Traducteur
Charles Barbier - A Lover
Marie-Pierre Wattiez - A Peasant
Agathe Boudet / Alice Glaie1 - A Lover and a Maid
Corinne Benizio - The Spanish Diva
Gilles Benizio - The Duke, The Japanese

2h without intermission

"Don Quichotte" on tour coproduction Le Concert Spirituel, Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
Production Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole & Opéra royal / Château de Versailles Spectacles
 

Comical opera-ballet (3acts) - 1743

In 1743, two years before Rameau imagined Platée, Boismortier had an extraordinarily modern and preposterous « comic ballet » performed at the Académie royale de musique: Don Quixote visits the Duchess. In the course of a totally hysterical plot, the hero encounters monsters, magicians, princesses, inhabitants of Japan… a pretest for daring and quirky ballets and choruses. The beauty of music mingles with irreverent parody.

Don Quixote at the Duchess was the first work performed by Le Concert Spirituel 30 years ago. Needless to say, this piece is dear to us! Written for the carnival, the devastating madness of action, situations and melodies stunned our two partners in this adventure, Corinne and Gilles Benizio - who are used to the most comical proposals ! 

One of the greatest geniuses of the eighteenth century, Boismortier is also someone who had found the secret of happiness: his music makes you happy.