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Fight for your love

“Don Quichotte’s death scene is one of the most moving in opera,” says DNO general director Annilese Miskimmon, who will herself be staging the production in August 2014 as the cul­mina­tion of the season 2013-14.  

Don Quichotte is a French opera by one of the greatest opera composers - Massenet. It is called a comédie-her­oïque – a heroic comedy – and is based on the story of the mad knight Don Quixote from the great Spanish novel of that name by Miguel de Cer­vantes. It is the story of an old, idealis­tic, lovelorn knight who lives in the world of his imagination and is mocked for doing so by all around him. The world laughs at him because of his age and old-fashioned ideas, but he has access to a world of honor and imagination that we would all do well to respect and learn from.

Don Quichotte is madly in love with a passionate young woman called Dulcinée, and although in reality he stands no chance of winning her, he refuses to abandon his hopeless quest for love. He travels around like a knight of old, creating chaos, madness and – sometimes – imaginative magic, with his sidekick and servant Sancho Panza.                

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About conductor, director and designer



Conductor Jérôme Pillement. Annilese Miskimmon and Jér­ôme Pillement have collabo­ra­ted before, on Romeo et Juliette with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Dublin. Pillement is an experienced conductor of the French repertoire and has conducted symphony orchestras all over Europe, as well as in Shanghai and Hong Kong.  

Director Annilese Miskimmon. The general director of the Danish National Opera, Annilese Miskimmon, made her directing debut here with Kát’a Kabanová, which toured Denmark in the autumn of 2013, and this year she directs Don Quichotte, to be performed at the Concert Hall Aarhus in August ’14 to conclude the 2013-14 season. Miskimmon has an international reputation for rediscovering rarely performed operas and presenting them to a wider audience.

Designer Nicky Shaw. Annilese Miskimmon continues her collaboration with Nicky Shaw, who was also the designer on Kát’a Kabanová. Nicky Shaw is well known for the delicate beauty of her stage and costume design.

Mark has designed the lighting for plays, musicals, opera and ballets for the World’s leading companies in the UK, USA, France, Belgium, Germany, Finland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Israel, China and Japan. He works regularly with Annilese Miskimmon and Nicky Shaw. 


Heroic comedy in 5 acts
First performance Monte Carlo Opera 1910

Libretto Henri Cain
Composer Jules Massenet

Sung in French with Danish surtitles
Duration C. 2 hours and 30 mins. incl. interval

Performance dates

17 August 2014 19:30
21 August 2014 19:30
24 August 2014 15:00
27 August 2014 19:30
Concert Hall Aarhus, Large Hall

Sung in French with Danish surtitles
Duration C. 2 hours and 30 mins. incl. interval

The team behind

Jérôme Pillement

Stage director
Annilese Miskimmon

Stage and costume designer
Nicky Shaw

Lighting designer
Mark Jonathan


Don Quichotte
James Johnson

Sancho Panza
Olafur Sigurdarson

The beautiful Dulcinea

Viktoria Vizin

Four lovers of Dulcinea:

Jens Christian Tvilum

Christian Damsgaard

Katarzyna Mizerny

Aileen Itani

Chief of the bandits
Jens Bové

The bandits
Morten Hesteng Byrialsen
John Dempsey
Tue de Stordeur
Morten Wang

Two friends of Dulcinea
Erik Bekker Hansen
Robert Bøgelund Vinther

Lukas Valantiejus Gottholt Hansen

Dulcinea's guitarist
Kristian Lager


The Chorus of the Danish National Opera

Aarhus Symphony Orchestra


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