Composer: Massenet, Jules 1842 - 1912
English version by Edmund Tracey
Massenet’s Don Quichotte (Don Quixote - 1910) relates only indirectly to the great novel by Miguel de Cervantes. In this version of the story, the heroine Dulcinée, who never appears in the original novel, is a flirtatious local beauty inspiring one of the infatuated old man’s exploits. Conceived originally Don Quichotte as a three-act opera, Massenet started to compose it in 1909 at a time when he, suffering from acute rheumatic pains, spent more of his time in bed than out of it, and composition of Don Quichotte became, in his words, a sort of soothing balm.