“La Mancha,” translates as “The Channel” and refers to a wide bleak plain in Spain (pictured above in red). It can also be translated as “The Stain” - not great for a knight’s home base. The climate, according to Dale Wasserman (Man of La Mancha), is “Nine months of winter and three months of hell...It’s easy to invent fantasies in La Mancha, to believe that men might go mad and invent worlds not yet made.”
The red route traced below was published in the 1780 illustrated Spanish edition of Don Quixote, following the title character’s adventures, including:
· Argamasilla de Alba—Don Quixote/Alonso Quijana’s village (scholars think)
· El Toboso—home of Dulcinea
· Puerto Lápice—location of the Inn where Don Quixote was “knighted”
· Cave of Montesinos—site of one of Don Quixote’s adventures
Compiled by Erin Joy Swank (Education & Community Engagement) for our 2015 Opera Insider (Festival Resource Guide). Download your free copy today!