LAKME by Leo Delibes – Swansea City OperaCategories:
Sung in English
This jewel of an opera is best known for the famous ‘Flower Duet’, which has become one of the most familiar numbers any composer, in any genre, has ever written, even used by our national airline on TV ads as the peaceful accompaniment to a jetliner floating through wispy clouds!
As so often with operas that become famous for a particular tune however, Lakmé contains many other hidden musical gems including the stratospheric and challenging ‘Bell Song’.
Like other French operas of the period, it captures the ambience of the Orient seen through Western eyes and, topically for today, tells of religious tensions and conflict leading to personal sacrifice, heartbreak and death.
Swansea City Opera are setting their production of Lakmé in India during the Raj of the 1880’s, sung in English and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Like Delibes’ music for his famous ballet Coppelia, the orchestral scoring for Lakmé is delicious and as the opera remains a relative rarity, don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear and see this ravishing piece.
Famous arias and duets include: Dôme épais, le jasmin – Flower duet
Air des Clochettes – The Bell Song
|Start:||27th May 2017|
|End:||27th May 2017|
|Run Time:||135 mins (Including interval)|
|Directed by:||Brendan Wheatley|
|Starring:||Madalina Barbu, Hannah Saule, Katarzyna Balejko, Luke Sinclair, Daniel Joy|
Dates & Times
|Saturday 27th May 2017||19:30|
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