In 2012, the Opéra national de Paris mounted a new production of Rudolf Nureyev's celebrated re-interpretation of the Minkus–Petipa ballet Don Quixote. Goya-inspired sets by Alexandre Beliaev and costumes by Elena Rivkina, and a ravishing performance by the Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris under the direction of Kevin Rhodes make for an unforgettable adventure into this magical and comical world.
In 1869, Marius Petipa and Léon Minkus' Don Quixote—inspired by various episodes from Miguel de Cervantès' eponymous novel—premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre to resounding success. A little more than a century later, Rudolf Nureyev premiered his own version at the Paris Opera, bringing the classic Russian ballet into the mainstream Western repertoire, and tempering the ballet's fiery virtuosity with a new comical and light-hearted twist. His innovative framing, combined here with the warm Spanish colors of Beliaev and Rivkina's sets and costumes, bring the tale of the part of the "Knight of the Sad Face" and the ever-faithful Sancho Panza in the wild love affair of the beautiful Kitri and the romancing Basilio colorfully and gloriously to life.
Marie-Agnès Gillot (Raymonda), José Martinez (Jean de Brienne) – Corps de Ballet of the Opéra national de Paris
Monique Loudières (Juliet), Manuel Legris (Romeo), Charles Jude (Tybalt), Lionel Delanoë (Mercutio) – Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris