March 06, 2019

DON QUICHOTTE — Dream Big. Live with Honor. Be a Legend.

We’re not just talking about the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs, but also about a literary and operatic legend – Don Quixote. Massenet’s Don Quichotte was inspired by Cervantes's Don Quixote, the story of an eccentric idealist and self-proclaimed knight errant who tilts at windmills and fights for the honor of his lady love. The opera combines Massenet’s fabulously atmospheric music and his own matchless theatrical flair to conjure up a Spain that abounds with energy, spirit and beauty.

Lyric welcomes legendary bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in his signature role as Don Quichotte, with Lyric debuts of Clémentine Margaine as the beautiful young Dulcinée and Nicola Alaimo as Quichotte’s trusted servant, Sancho Pança.  Sir Andrew Davis conducts this colorful, lavish, new-to-Chicago production.

Furlanetto is a storyteller … [He] raises magnificent singing to the level of great operatic art.  – Opera News
His Quichotte was full of subtlety, nuance and tenderness, a voice with perfect control powerfully and beautifully expressing a complete human portrait. – The Globe and Mail 

​Lyric's Elise Sandell can provide you a bit more insight into the story and the production of Don Quichotte. Join her for your briefing on Lyric's dazzling production:​

Lyric's Assistant Stage Director Elise Sandell gives you her Elevator Pitch for DON QUICHOTTE


Lyric Opera presentation of Massenet’s Don Quichotte generously made possible by

Howard L. Gottlieb and Barbara Greis

Walter E. Heller Foundation

Don Quichotte is a production of San Diego Opera.

Photos: Ken Howard/San Diego Opera