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An English lieutenant chances on the daughter of a Brahmin priest as she gathers flowers by the water. It is love at first sight. How long can their love survive when they come from such different worlds?
One of Australia’s most acclaimed and awarded singers, soprano Emma Matthews, stars as Lakmé, alongside internationally acclaimed tenor Aldo Di Toro as Gerald, the love-struck officer. Rounding out a fabulous cast is the multi-award-winning mezzo- soprano Dominica Matthews singing Lakmé’s servant Mallika.
The production is a masterpiece of scenic
art, inspired by traditional Hindu painting. For all its gaudy detail and vibrant costumes, however, nothing in this production outdazzles the music, which includes the heavenly ‘Flower duet’ and one of the ultimate star turns of the coloratura repertoire, the famous ‘Bell Song’.
Famous for its ravishing Flower Duet and exquisite Bell Song, this colourful production of Delibes’ ever-popular opera Lakmé is directed by Roger Hodgman, winner of two Green Room Awards. Renowned conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak vividly brings to life the magic of Delibes’ marvelous score. Set and costume designer Mark Thompson created stunning costumes and backdrops.
Works on This Recording
Lakmé by Léo Delibes
Stephen Bennett (Bass),
Emma Matthews (Soprano),
Aldo di Toro (Tenor),
Edmond Choo (Tenor),
Dominica Matthews (Mezzo Soprano),
Luke Gabbedy (Bass)
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra,
Opera Australia Chorus
Written: 1883; France
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