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This event ended May 5, 2012
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SF Ballet: Don Quixote
War Memorial Opera House
Civic Center/Tenderloin

Traditionally, the story of “Don Quixote” conjures up images of an addled, would-be knight and his roly-poly counterpart, Sancho Panza, who pursue adventure in the name of chivalry, only to be thwarted. But in the ballet Don Quixote, the mismatched adventurers play supporting roles. Instead, it’s the love story of Kitri, an innkeeper’s daughter, and Basilio, the town barber, that takes center stage.

Critical Acclaim

The Huffington Post called the show "glorious", noting, "its simple three-act collection of "tales of the lovelorn" translated into eye-popping episodes of passion and frivolity, intimacy and spectacle."

Critical Acclaim

The Opera House is home to the SF Opera, North America's second largest opera company, and the SF Ballet, which the New York Times calls "the most impressively diverse ballet company in America."

Pro Tip

Park nearby at the Performing Arts Garage. The entrance is on Grove St, between Franklin and Gough.


Helgi Tomasson and Yuri Possokhov’s staging of Don Quixote at the SF Ballet returns in its entire splendor, now with spectacular all-new scenery and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer, Martin Pakledinaz.

Miguel de Cervantes’ romantic and witty story, placed in the colorful streets of Spain, comes to life with a lively cast of characters, along with the bravado and excitement of some of classical ballet’s most technically demanding dances.

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Kent G Becker