Man of La Mancha
Composer: Mitch Leigh
Librettist: Dale Wasserman
Premiere Date: November 22, 1965
Description: The story takes place in the late 16th century. Miguel de Cervantes (a tax collector, soldier, and author) and his assistant, Sancho, foreclose on a church that failed to pay its taxes. Thus, the two men are thrown into prison by the Spanish Inquisition. The prisoners then steal Cervantes's possessions. However, he convinces them to allow him to win back a package of papers that would not be of value to other people. Pleading his case, Cervantes gives a dramatic defense by reenacting the story of Don Quixote of La Mancha: the passionate and poignant tale of a noble knight who lives in a world of madness and cannnot see that chivalry has died. His holy quest is a mission of salvation to find compassion not for himself but for others. Don Quixote falls in love with the fair maiden, Aldonza(Dulcina), and convinces her to live a moral life. When Quixote is being knighted, the muleteers brutally assault Aldonza. Quixote and Sancho quickly come to Aldonza's rescue but in the end, Quixote only preaches forgiveness. Next, Quixote fights off his darkest foe, the Enchanter. Moved by the story, the prisoners return Cervantes' manuscript (which turns out to be his unfinished novel about Don Quixote) just before he is called before the Inquisition.
Character List (Major): Don Quixote/Cervantes (baritone)
Sancho Panza (tenor)
Aldonza/Dulcina (soprano)

Character List (Minor): Innkeeper (bass)
Dr. Corrasco (baritone)
Padre/Juan (tenor)
Barber/Prisoner/Muleteer (tenor)
Antonia (mezzo)
Bit Parts: Captain of the Inquisition
Housekeeper
Pedro
Anselmo
The Moor
Contour
Maria
Fermina
Tenorio
Quito
Jose
Juan
Paco
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: 2
Chorus: Guards and Men of Inquisition, Muleteers
Contact: Not Available
Librettist Web Site: http://www.dalewasserman.com/
Schedule of Performances Listings
Man of La Mancha (Wasserman)
Saturday, October 24, 2009 - Shreveport Opera
Man of La Mancha (Wasserman)
Friday, September 28, 2007 - Lyric Opera San Diego
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Monday, June 26, 2006 - Skylight Music Theatre
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Saturday, November 16, 2002 - Townsend Opera Players
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Friday, July 26, 2002 - Opera Columbus
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Friday, June 21, 2002 - Spokane Opera
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Wednesday, April 25, 2001 - Opera Omaha
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Thursday, February 8, 2001 - Shepherd College
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Saturday, September 19, 1998 - Amarillo Opera
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Friday, June 14, 1996 - Opera Cleveland
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Saturday, February 19, 1994 - Portland Opera
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Friday, November 20, 1992 - Madison Opera
Man of La Mancha (Leigh)
Saturday, March 28, 1992 - Townsend Opera Players
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