Lakmé

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Léo Delibes, in 1875

Lakmé is a French opera in three acts by Léo Delibes, first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris, on April 14, 1883, libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille, after Pierre Loti Rarahu's Le mariage de Loti. An immediate success, it has remained one of the most popular of French operas.

Principal roles and voice types[change | change source]

Discography[change | change source]

Original poster for Lakmé
  • 1940: Lily Pons (Lakmé), Armand Tokatyan (Gérald), Ira Petina (Mallika), Ezio Pinza (Nilakantha); New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Wilfrid Pelletier - (The Golden Age; live)
  • 1952: Mado Robin (Lakmé), Libero de Luca (Gérald), Agnés Disney (Mallika), Jean Borthayre (Nilakantha); Chœurs et Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique, Georges Sébastian - (Decca)
  • 1967: Joan Sutherland (Lakmé), Alain Vanzo (Gérald), Jane Berbié (Mallika), Gabriel Bacquier (Nilakantha); Chœurs et Orchestre National de l'Opéra de Monte Carlo, Richard Bonynge - (Decca)
  • 1970: Mady Mesplé (Lakmé), Charles Burles (Gérald), Danielle Millet (Mallika), Roger Soyer (Nilakantha); Chœurs et Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra-Comique, Alain Lombard - (EMI
  • 1998: Natalie Dessay (Lakmé), Gregory Kunde (Gérald), Delphine Haidan (Mallika), José van Dam (Nilakantha); Chœur et Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Michel Plasson - (EMI Classics)

Sources[change | change source]

  • The Complete Dictionary of Opera & Operetta, James Anderson, Vikings Books, 1989

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