Swansea City Opera visits the Torch Theatre, Milford Haven on Saturday, 27 May with a production of Lakmé by Leo Delibes. Sung in English with famous arias and duets including Dôme épais, le jasmin – Flower duet and audience members will be enthralled by the quality performances.
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, Lakmé 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.
“We are setting the production in India during the Raj of the 1880’s, accompanied by chamber orchestra. With lovely costumes designed by Gabriella Ingram it will be performed by some of the finest singers and orchestral players in the country. Thanks to funding from ACE, ACW we are also teaming up with fine local choirs to supplement our core of professional choristers. Our thanks go to them for undertaking the project so enthusiastically and professionally,” said a spokesperson for Swansea City Opera.
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 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.
Touring to 18 theatres through the UK, audiences can discover more about the importance of design in staging an opera with free pre-performance talks when Brendan Wheatley, Swansea City Opera’s Artistic Director, talks about the Delibes’ life and music and the challenges of creating a new production for the stage.
Lakmé will be performed at the Torch Theatre on Saturday, 27 May at 7.30pm with ticket prices: Full £19.50 | Concession £17.50 | Under 26 £7.