Who knew that an eccentric and elderly knight would steal my heart on a Sunday afternoon at the San Diego Opera? Ferruccio Furlanetto did just that as he played the part of Don Quixote in the opera by Jules Massenet. I suppose I was enchanted with the man as he fought tilting windmills and bandits in the desert to recover his beloved's stolen necklace.
I had never seen this particular opera and found it delightful. I sat in a Lower Loge seat which cost $155. Every dollar was well spent to hear the well known Italian bass sing in French. Too, Eduardo Chama was heartwarming in his portrayal as Sancho Panza, the loyal sidekick to Don Quixote. The tale was told in two hours with one intermission. There were refreshments to be purchased at intermission but the lines were excessively long.
Parking was plentiful, although the walk from my car to the parking structure elevator and then to the opera house took more than fifteen minutes. Early arrival is a necessity to be seated for the start of the opera.
At this time, there is some doubt that the San Diego Opera will be alive for its 50th year celebration in 2014-2015. However, this opera fan hopes for a revival of this San Diego jewel.
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