Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House


I had a fantastic time on Saturday seeing Don Quixote at the Royal Opera House. My Mum joined me, and we had the best mother / daughter afternoon. For me, Christmas wouldn’t really be Christmas without seeing a ballet. Ever since I was little and danced in the Nutcracker every year until I gave up dance in my teens, ballet has always been an important part of my holiday season. Getting to see the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House was a childhood dream of mine for so many years, and I still need to pinch myself when I realise I’m lucky enough to go to the ROH as often as I can afford. Throughout my university years, I saw as many ballets and operas as I could, sitting up amongst the gods and leaning as far as I dared over the railings so I could see as much of the stage as possible. I didn’t care about the restricted view though; it was amazing just to be there and to witness such first class performances.

roh7{Arriving at the ROH and admiring the pointe shoe appeal display}

I bought tickets for Don Quixote (as well as Alice in Wonderland, which I’ll be seeing in January – so excited!) several months ago as part of a package deal, and was thrilled to be able to get seats in the stalls. I’d never seen Don Quixote live before (despite being very familiar with the music), so I was brimming with excitement.

Don-Quixote_2707414b{Akane Takada on left; image by Nigel Norrington via here}

I was a little disappointed at first when Roberta Marquez (whose dancing I adore) was replaced by Akane Takada for the lead role of Kitri due to injury, but Takada’s dancing was so joyous ¬†to watch that I soon forgot any disappointment and became immersed in her performance. I loved Carlos Acosta’s production of Don Quixote, which I felt was perfect to see at Christmas as it was so full colour and vitality. The costumes and sets were, as always, spectacular, and we enjoyed it so much the three acts simply flew by.

In between acts, Mum and I wondered up to the beautiful champagne bar for a glass of something bubbly and to admire the beautiful Christmas tree as we chatted about the performance.

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It was such a wonderful afternoon, and I can’t wait to return to see Alice in January. Are any of you ballet fans too? Did you manage to see a show in the run up to Christmas?

Outfit Details

{Sportmax dress (this dress is old, and I couldn’t find anything particularly similar, but I think either¬†this or this dress would be stunning for a trip to the ballet); R.E.D Valentino bolero (good alternative here); Tocca coat (alternatives here or here); Gemporia ring; All Black shoes; Kate Spade watch (similar here)}