Lakmé

Lakmé is an opera in three acts by Léo Delibes to a French libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille. The score, written in 1881–1882, was first performed on 14 April 1883 by the Opéra Comique at the Salle Favart in Paris. Set in British India in the mid-19th century, Lakmé is based on Théodore Pavie`s story `Les babouches du Brahama.....
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Lakmé

(from the article `opera`) ...favoured ornate arias for a new type of lyric-coloratura soprano. One of the most frequently heard of this type is the Bell Song from Léo ... ...the meantime, he developed his gifts for opera. The opéra comique Le Roi l`a dit (1873; The King Said So) was followed by the serious operas Jean ......
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