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Léo Delibes

2h 30m
Spanish , English

Reducing oriental cultures to simplistic exotic decoration –or «fictional essences », in post -colonial terminology– is one of the characteristic traits of 19th century exoticism. Lakmé – as with L’africaine beforehand or Madama Butterfly afterwards, each one with its particular success and sensibility - developed a tremendously delicate archetype of a romantic relationship,   generally with a tragic finale, between a Western colonizer and a beautiful and sacrificial Easterner. Beyond this debate, the approach permitted European composers to tint their scores with an evocative fragrance. Such is the case of Lakmé, where the «Flower Duet», over time, has become a crossover of universal proportions in the same way that the «Bell Song » aria of the protagonist became, from the moment the opera premiered, an insignia of all esteemed lírico–ligera sopranos. 

Fortunately, Lakmé   is much more than these two moments. Not in vain, Delibes can be considered, along with Tchaikovsky, as the leading composer of ballet in the 19th century. His splendid score shows us just how much remains to discover of French opera. 



Opera in three acts


Music by Léo Delibes (1836-1891)

Libretto by Edmond Gondinet y Philippe Gille, basado en la novela Rarahu ou le Mariage (1880) de Pierre Loti

Premiered in the Teatro de la Opéra-Comique de París April 14th, 1883

Premiered in the Teatro Real on November 13th, 1898

Opera in concert version


Artistic team

Conductor I  Leo Hussain

Chorus master I Andrés Máspero

Principal Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real



Lakmé I Sabine Devieilhe

Gérald I  Xabier Anduaga

Nilakantha I Stéphane Degout

Frédéric I David Menéndez

Mallika I Héloïse Mas

Hadji I Gerardo López

Miss Ellen I Inés Ballesteros

Miss Rose I Cristina Toledo

Mistress Bentson I Enkelejda Shkosa

Kouravar I Isaac Galán


Bolshoi Theatre
Leo Delibes
Marius Petipa, Bolshoi Ballet
Teatro Real
Camille Saint-Saëns
Luis Antonio García Navarro, Beni Montresor
Glyndebourne Festival
Jules Massenet
John Wilson, Fiona Shaw, Fiona Dunn