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J.Massenet Don Quichotte

Wexford Festival Opera

Nominated in the 'Best Opera' category - Irish Times Theatre Awards

Opera News January 2020

"Don Quichotte was the undoubted highlight of this year's offerings...Thanks to director Rodula Gaitanou's interpretation of the drama, I believed for the first time that Massenet had created a masterpiece in this opera."

The Sunday Times 

"Don Quichotte proved to be the festival hit, thanks to Rodula Gaitanou’s moving direction..."

"Rarely has the opera in my experience been so touching."

Seen and Heard International

"An outstanding production of Massenet's masterpiece"

****The Stage

"A production of one of the French composer’s finest pieces that balances perfectly the mixed package of humour and sentiment..."


"Her production is a delight and I could have happily watched it again as soon as the curtain fell"

*****Irish Examiner

"Director Rodula Gaitanou's handsome production is visually spectacular and effectively balances both the comedy and pathos."

Opera Journal

"It was simply - although there's nothing simple about such artistic excellence - outstanding. This was the highlight of the Festival programme as far as I was concerned."

Set & Costume design takis
Lighting design Simon Corder
Choreography Luisa Baldinetti

Assistant Director: Ella Marchment


Conductor Timothy Myers
Chorus Master Errol Girdlestone


Don Quichotte Goderdzi Janelidze

Sancho Olafur Sigurdarson

Dulcinée Aigul Akhmetshina
Juan Gavan Ring
Pedro Gabrielle Dundon
Garcias Elly Hunter Smith
Rodriguez Dominick Felix

Ténébrun Henry Grant Kerswell

Footman 1 Thomas Chenhall
Footman 2 René Bloice-Sanders

Wexford Festival Chorus

Wexford Festival Orchestra

photos by Clive Barda and Simon Corder

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