Driven by the vision of Dulcinea, the tarnished, yet inspired, Don Quixote begins his adventures with his trusty squire Sancho Panza in tow.
Sevilla. Kitri, Lorenzo’s daughter, is in love with Basilio. Much to her chagrin, she learns of her father’s plans to marryher to Gamache, a foppish nobleman. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza enter the village, causing great commotion. Noticing Kitri, Don Quixote wonders if he has, at last, found hisDulcinea. At the height of merriment, Kitri and Basilio, aided by their friends, Espada and Mercedes, sneak off followed by Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Gamache and Lorenzo attempt to pursue the young couple.
Gypsy Camp. Don Quixote and Sancho Panza discover the fleeing couple in a friendly gypsy camp. All are inspired by the romance of the night. As the vision ofDulcinea appears to him, Don Quixote realizes Kitri is not his “ideal”, but indeed belongs with Basilio. Suddenly the wind gains momentum. Don Quixote foolishly attacks a windmill,believing it to be a giant threatening Dulcinea’s safety. Failing miserably, he collapses into a deep sleep.
The Dream. Don Quixote has an enchanted dream of beautiful maidens in which the image of Kitri symbolizes his Dulcinea.
Sunrise. Lorenzo and Gamache interrupt Don Quixote’s dream. Sympathetic to the plight of the young lovers,Don Quixote attempts to lead Lorenzo and Gamache astray.
A Tavern. Finally discovered, Kitri is forced by Lorenzo to accept the attentions of Gamache. The thwarted Basilio commits “suicide”. Upon learning of the farce, Kitri implores Don Quixote to persuade Lorenzo to wed her to the “corpse”. Instantly Basilio comes to “life”! Triumphantly, Kitri leaves to prepare for marriage while Don Quixote and Basilio salute Lorenzo and Gamache for stoically accepting theinevitable.
The Wedding. The village celebrates the marriage. Don Quixote congratulates the couple, bids them a warm “farewell”, and resumes his ever-lasting adventures.