As so often with operas that become famous for a particular tune however, Lakmé contains many other hidden musical gems including the stratospheric and challenging ‘Bell Song’. Like other French operas of the period, it captures the ambience of the Orient seen through Western eyes and, topically for today, tells of religious tensions and conflict leading to personal sacrifice, heartbreak and death. Like Delibes’ music for his famous ballet Coppelia, the orchestral scoring for Lakmé is delicious and as the opera remains a relative rarity, don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear and see this ravishing piece.
We are setting the production in India during the Raj of the 1880’s, sung in English and accompanied by chamber orchestra. With lovely costumes designed by Gabriella Ingram it will be performed by some of the finest singers and orchestral players in the country. Thanks to funding from ACE, ACW we are also teaming up with fine local choirs to supplement our core of professional choristers. Our thanks go to them for undertaking the project so enthusiastically and professionally.
Touring to 18 theatres through the UK, audiences can discover more about the importance of design in staging an opera with our free pre-performance talks when Brendan Wheatley, Swansea City Opera’s Artistic Director, talks about the Delibes’ life and music and the challenges of creating a new production for the stage (please contact theatre for time).