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Chelsea Opera Group present Lakmé by Delibes

Sunday February 25, 2024 at 18:00
Cadogan Hall, London
£40, £35, £27, £15
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  1. Lakmé - Léo Delibes

Chelsea Opera Group’s performance of Lakmé by Léo Delibes offers the rare treat of hearing the work, popular from excerpts but only infrequently put on stage, in its entirety.

Delibes tells a classic story of forbidden love between cultures, set in a time of British repression of Indian religious practices. The goddess-like Lakmé falls in love with the poetically-minded British officer Gérald and saves him after a vengeful attack by her Brahmin priest father, Nilakantha. However, when Gérald must return to Britain, Lakmé takes her own life.

Delibes’ score is filled with delightful melodies and orchestral colours, and the gorgeous Flower Duet from Act 1 and the dizzying virtuosity of the Bell Song in Act 2 are essential listening for anyone interested in opera.

There will be a pre-performance talk at 4:45pm in the hall, free for ticket holders.

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