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Don Quixote

One of literature’s most iconic characters takes the Seattle Opera stage for the first time ever in this retelling of Cervantes’ classic novel. French Romantic master Jules Massenet’s lyrical ode to the chivalrous idealist includes lively Iberian instrumentation, flirtatious serenades, and a profoundly poignant finale.

In French with English subtitles | at McCaw Hall
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with 1 intermission

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Insight to Don Quixote by General Director Speight Jenkins. Hear more audio clips by launching the Seattle Opera Audio Player.



Preview Trailer

One of literature’s greatest characters comes to life in the grandest way: with a stage full of giant sets, Spanish dances, rousing choruses, and beautiful leading voices. Complete with a live horse and donkey, preview the opera that will leave you blissfully daydreaming.


Director's Talk

Take a trip to the Seattle Opera Rehearsal Studios to explore the new production of Don Quixote. See the concept, the impressive dance sequences, and how the show is coming together in rehearsals - all with commentary from stage director Linda Brovsky.


Making Don Quixote Sets

While creating 14-foot-tall oversized books and giant ink wells that are still lightweight enough for easy scene changes, the Seattle Opera Scene Shop had their share of creative challenges. The final product? A setting that is the larger-than-life desk of Cervantes, taking up the entire McCaw Hall stage.


Visiting the Stables

In this video, meet the newest cast members in Don Quixote -- Millie the donkey and Desperado the horse -- as they rehearse for their big main stage roles along with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.


Behind the Scenes: Makeup

It’s not easy making our handsome, leading men take the look of the old, deluded knight, but the Seattle Opera makeup artists have a plan. Go backstage and see the tricks of the trade that make the transformation from singer to character complete.

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