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“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…

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