Don Quichotte | Lyric Opera House | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Don Quichotte Recommended The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 7 2016

It’s already a cliche to relate a classic piece of theater to the election of Donald Trump. So I won’t belabor the fact that Jules Massenet’s 1910 opera Don Quichotte, with its Cervantes-inspired story of the pursuit of a lost ideal, is especially resonant now. Instead, let’s move right on to say that this ravishing production, on loan from the San Diego Opera (with perfect lighting by Lyric's Chris Maravich), looks like an Old Masters painting come to life; that bass Ferruccio Furlanetto totally inhabits the title role of the divinely foolish old knight; that he’s well served by baritone Nicola Alaimo as faithful sidekick and foil, Sancho; and that mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine, making her Lyric debut as Dulcinee, the object of Quichotte’s delusional affection, has that rarity: a powerful voice with a bell-like quality across its entire range. Andrew Davis conducts the Lyric Opera Orchestra. —Deanna Isaacs

Price: $17-$329

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