Magazine
Latest Issue

“Sumptuously romantic”: the best ballet and opera this month

Mariinsky Ballet's Don Quixote is likely to be a balletomane’s dream ticket

By Neil Norman   August 2017

Photo: Natasha Zarina

Don Quixote

Mariinsky Ballet, Royal Opera House 25th July to 5th August

For a long time Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote was my least favourite classical ballet. I could never see the point of reducing the role of the hero to a walk-on. Several productions have convinced me otherwise, however. Carlos Acosta’s exuberant make-over for the Royal Ballet was persuasive and the bubbling Bolshoi version last year was a revelation. Petipa and composer Ludwig Minkus premiered the ballet in 1869 before expanding it in 1871. The Mariinsky…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect