JULES MASSENET (1842-1912): Don Quichotte.
Catalogue Number: 04J063
Description: Amazingly, this is the only non-historical version of this Comédie héroïque currently available - on CD or DVD! Premiered in Monte Carlo in 1910, its title role was written for Chaliapin and such basses as Boris Christoff, Nicolai Ghiaurov (who recorded it back in 1978), Ruggiero Raimondi and Samuel Ramey have kept it on stage periodically lately. The buffo music for Sancho Panza and the mock-academic language of the Don are delightful and, as Opera Grove puts it, Dulcinée is Thaïs' little sister. English subtitles. Laura Polverelli (mezzo), Giacomo Prestia (bass), Alessandro Corbelli (bass-baritone), Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste; Dwight Bennett. 16:9 widescreen. NTSC, region 0. Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. 114 min.