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The libretto by Jacopo Ferretti is based on a play by an unknown author, but ultimately derives from an episode of Cervantes' Don Quixote. Unusually for its time, the plot centres on a male victim of spousal infidelity. After his wife Eleonora is unfaithful, Cardenio flees for an island in the West Indies, where he loses his senses and his mind. The Wild Man of the West Indies
features a love story of huge psychological depth, and a host of beautiful bel canto arias New production. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.Performers Nicholas Sharratt (Fernando), Sally Silver (Eleonora), Craig Smith (Cardenio), Njabulo Madlala (Bartolomeo), Donna Bateman (Marcella), Peter Brathwaite (Kaidama).
Music Donizetti. Lyrics Jacopo Ferritti (after Cervantes). Company English Touring Opera. Conductor Jeremy Silver. Director Iqbal Khan. Design Florence de Mare.
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