Don Quichotte • Rudolf Nureyev

Don Quichotte • Rudolf Nureyev

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Inspired by the choreography of Marius Petipa, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote is a veritable festival of dance, displaying the excellence of the soloists and the Corps de Ballet in a wide variety of ensembles and pas de deux. At the heart of the ballet, the lovers Kitri and Basilio use every ruse, from puppet shows to fake suicide, to see each other despite Kitri’s father’s opposition. Ultimately, after battling with windmills and encountering Cupid, Dulcinea and the Queen of the Dryads, it is the Chevalier de la Mancha who brings about the happy end. Flamboyant costumes with a Spanish air contribute to the brilliance of this joyful work.


Libretto - Miguel de Cervantès

Music - Ludwig Minkus; Arrangements : John Lanchbery

Choreography - Rudolf Noureev; After Marius Petipa

Set design - Alexandre Beliaev

Costume design - Elena Rivkina

Lighting design - Philippe Albaric

Conductor - Valery Ovsyanikov

La Bohème • Giacomo Puccini

La Bohème • Giacomo Puccini

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Is it because Murger had himself lived this way in his youth? No one better described the half-starved, struggling artists than the writer in his Scènes de la Vie de Bohème: artists ready to burn a manuscript to try to keep warm yet, in an era of triumphant bourgeois materialism, dreaming of another existence. Taking up these scenes of Bohemian life, Puccini offers us a heart-breaking love story and some of the most beautiful music in the history of opera in the story of the poet Rodolfo and fragile Mimi. The staging of this new production has been entrusted to Claus Guth who sets the drama in a future devoid of hope in which love and art become the sole means of transcendence.

Music - Giacomo Puccini

Libretto - Giuseppe Giacosa; Luigi Illica

Conductor - Gustavo Dudamel 

Director - Claus Guth

Mimì - Sonya Yoncheva

Musetta - Aida Garifullina

Rodolfo - Atalla Ayan

Marcello - Artur Ruciński

Schaunard - Alessio Arduini

Colline - Roberto Tagliavini

Alcindoro - Marc Labonnette

Parpignol - Antonel Boldan

Sergente dei doganari - Florent Mbia

Un doganiere - Jian-Hong Zhao

Un venditore ambulante - Fernando Velasquez