Léo Delibes Lakmé

1882 · Romantic · Opera orchestraEnsembleEnsembleOpera orchestra

Lakmé is an opera in three acts by Léo Delibes to a French libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille. The score, written in 1881-2, was first performed on 14 April 1883 by the Opéra-Comique at the (second) Salle Favart in Paris, with stage decorations designed by Auguste-Alfred Rubé and Philippe Chaperon (Act I), Eugène Louis Carpezat and (Joseph-)Antoine Lavastre (Act II), and Jean-Baptiste Lavastre (Act III). Set in British India in the mid-19th century, Lakmé is based on Théodore Pavie's story "Les babouches du Brahamane" and novel Le Mariage de Loti by Pierre Loti. The opera includes the popular Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épais) for sopranos performed in Act 1 by Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika. The opera's most famous aria is the Bell Song (L'Air des clochettes) in Act 2. Like other French operas of the period, Lakmé captures the ambience of the Orient seen through Western eyes, which was periodically in vogue during the latter part of the 19th century and in line with other operatic works such as Bizet's The Pearl Fishers and Massenet's Le roi de Lahore. The subject of the opera was suggested by Gondinet as a vehicle for the American soprano Marie van Zandt.

Albums

Pageof 3
Beautiful Wedding - Prelude
Telarc
Les Grandes Voix Du Canada, Vol. 3
Groupe Analekta, Inc.
Natalie Choquette: La Diva II
Isba Music Entertainment
Prima Voce: Vladimir Kastorsky
Nimbus
Gounod: Faust ballet music; Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust; Lalo: Le Roi d'Ys
Fioretti
Classique Emotion (CD 2)
Forlane CI
Lakme - Alessandra Ruffini · Giuseppe Morino Bruno Praticò · Serena Lazzarini
Nuova Era
The Art of Coloratura Miliza Korjus
Hänssler Classic
Opera Encores
CBC
L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2...
Classical.com Music
Maiden Voyage
No Red Herrings
Airs d'Opéras Francais
Warner Music
Delibes: Lakmé (highlights)
Warner Music
Maria Callas - The RAI Recitals (1952/1954)
Urania / Qualiton Imports, Ltd.
Delibes: Sylvia/Coppélia/Le roi s’amuse/Flower Duet/ Bell Song
Classical.com Music
Pot pourri: Nella Fantasia …In Our Fantasies
Music Theatre Australia
Dreams of Love
Sintez Production
Delibes: Sylvia; Lakmé; Le Roi s'amuse; Coppélia
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Gounod: Faust Ballet Music; Bizet: L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2; Delibes: Naila, Lakmé
Fioretti
The Passion of Callas
Warner Music

Pageof 3
    00:00
    00:00
    Shuffle
    1
    Repeat
    100%
      Shuffle
      1
      Repeat
      100%
        00:00
          00:00

          Click to dismiss

          Share a link
          Share on
          New list
          Please sign-in or sign-up

          Streaming audio requires an institutional affiliation.
          Sign-in or create a free account to continue.