But most of all, Don Quixote dreams of his beloved Dulcinea, a woman that he believes to be so lovely and noble that she must be divinity, and dreams of their romantic adventures.
When Don Quixote notices Kitri, the inn-keeper’s daughter, he acclaims her as his Dulcinea, whom evil magicians have reduced to human form.Read more
‘A superb performance which lived up to the mystery of the charming Russian classic’
‘The whole company is to be congratulated for its versatility in performing both classical and robust character dances with vigour and enjoyment’.
‘By far the best company to bring Russian ballet to British audiences’
Minkus was born in Vienna on 23 March 1826.
By the age of four he began to receive private violin lessons and from 1838 to 1842 continued his musical studies at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna. Soon the young Minkus was appearing in various concert halls as a soloist, having been declared a child prodigy by the public and critics.
Minkus began composing for his instrument while he was still a student. Five pieces for the violin were published in 1846. At this time he began to try his hand at conducting.Read more