monumental novel Don Quixote has inspired writers, musicians,
and choreographers to recreate and interpret his work in new and exciting
ways. In this section, you will learn more about how Don Quixote
has influenced opera, ballet and musical theater.
composer Jules-Émile-Frédéric Massenet's opera,
Don Quichotte, follows the legendary knight-errant on his travels
to fight windmills, save himself from bandits, and woo his beloved
Ludwig Minkus's Don Quixote premiered in Moscow, it was a resounding
success. Find out how Minkus tells the unfortunate story of Don Quixote
through dreams and beautiful dance sequences.
Wasserman puts a twist on the tale of Don Quixote by making the author
of the original novel one of his characters. In his musical Man
of La Mancha, Wasserman portrays Cervantes as a prisoner who must
tell stories to save himself.