03 August - 04 August
Ballet by Ludwig Minkus
Barcelona. In the square in front of Lorenzo’s inn there is a merry-making. Among the young people is his daughter – the playful Kitri. Here is also the barber Basilio, who is in love with her. Lorenzo doesn’t like the poor suitor. He favours more the rich Gamache, who wants to marry Kitri. The crowd welcomes the street dancer Carmencita and the toreador Espada. The appearance of the knight Don Quixote and his servant Sancho Panza evokes a common astonishment. Don Quixote is struck by Kitri’s beauty, in which he sees the gorgeous Dulcinea from his dreams.
Kitri and Basilio have run away from Lorenzo and Gamache. By chance they find themselves in a gypsy camp. Soon there appears Don Quixote too, who starts a fight against his imaginary enemies.
Don Quixote’s dream. He is in the world of the dryads, among who he sees Kitri in the face of the beautiful Dulcinea.
In the inn everybody is having a good time. Here are Kitri and Basilio. There comes Lorenzo, who again declares categorically his will: his daughter Kitri must marry Gamache. Basilio acts out a scene of suicide. Kitri implores Don Quixote to persuade her father to meet Basilio’s dying request – to bless their love. When Lorenzo fulfils his daughter’s wish, all of a sudden Basilio “comes back to life”.
The wedding of Kitri and Basilio. Don Quixote occupies the place of honour among the guests. The noble knight wishes the young couple happiness and wends his way again.