by Shannon Christy
The music and the performers set this show apart and it must be said that the audience adored both. Conductor Johannes Debus does an excellent job at providing the tempo and guiding us through 16th century Spain. The violin solo at the beginning of Act IV floats on the air and is such a pleasant and subtle departure from the initial bombastic opening scene of the small Spanish village in Act I. Yet Mr. Debus carries us through both successfully allowing the music to set the scene for one of the most amazing contemporary bass voices of our time, Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Don Quichotte.