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Don Quixote


Nicolas Beriozoff rehearsing Don Quixote with Artists of the Ballet (1982). Photo by Andrew Oxenham. 

In 1982, celebrated Ballet Master Nicholas Beriozoff mounted the full-length version of Don Quixote on the National Ballet. This version was set to the traditional composition of Ludwig Minkus, orchestrated and adapted by John Lanchbery and featured designs by Emanuele Luzzati. 

Beriozoff’s Don Quixote premiered at the O’Keefe Centre in Toronto on November 12, 1982 with Charles Kirby in the title role, and Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn as the young lovers Kitri and Basilio. 

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Top image credit: The National Ballet of Canada tutus on display. Photo by Setareh Sarmadi.