Don Quichotte and Dulcinee
Jules Massenet is best known for "Manon" and "Werther", and his "Don Quichotte" hasn't played at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City for nearly a hundred years. Why not, and was it actually killed in 1926 by a single bad review? Marc Eliot Stein rediscovers this forgotten classic and finds a beautiful surprise. We also talk about "Man of La Mancha", "Sturm und Drung", Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Wagner's "Der Fliegende Hollander", Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutte" and the final two shows that played at the Met before it shut down due to the pandemic of 2020.