Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse

Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (Don Quixote at the Duchess) is a "comic ballet" (comédie lyrique) by the French baroque composer Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Although it is described as a ballet, it is sung throughout with a libretto by Charles Simon Favart.

Performance historyEdit

It was first performed on 12 February 1743 at the Académie Royale de Musique et de Dance in Paris.



The opera is based upon an episode in the Cervantes novel Don Quixote, in which a Duke and Duchess amuse themselves by creating an elaborate ruse to fool the title character.


  • Don Quichotte chez la la Duchesse (Comic Ballet in Three Acts), by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier. Hervé Niquet (conductor) and the ensemble Le Concert Spirituel; Naxos 8.553647 (1996).

See alsoEdit


  • Pitou, Spire, The Paris Opéra. An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers – Rococo and Romantic, 1715-1815, Greenwood Press, Westport/London, 1985 (article: "Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse", p. 168), ISBN 0-313-24394-8
  • Casaglia, Gherardo (2005). "Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse". L'Almanacco di Gherardo Casaglia (in Italian).
  • Le magazine de l'opéra baroque, accessed 2 April 2010