Léo Delibes

Lakmé, with Emma Matthews

Lakmé, with Emma Matthews

Lakmé, Delibes' greatest opera, is performed by Opera Australia in all its oriental glory. Starring the exquisite coloratura soprano Emma Matthews as the innocent girl priestess Lakmé, and superb tenor Aldo Di Toro as the love-struck Gerald, the story tackles religion and cross-cultural love against a backdrop of Bristish rule in India in the mid-19th century. French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak brings out the full depth of the lush, dramatic score, with familiar high points being the beautiful renditions of the well-known Flower Duet and Bell Song.

Dominica Matthews adds her rich voice as Mallika and Stephen Bennett is darkly dominating as Brahmin priest Nilakantha, Lakmé's father, which Roxane Hislop is a consummate Mistress Bentson. 


Released 2012
Composer Léo Delibes
Conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak
Originally directed by Adam Cook
Restudied by Roger Hodgman
Set and Costume Designer Mark Thompson
Lakmé Emma Matthews
Mallika Dominica Matthews
Mistress Bentson Roxane Hislop
Ellen Jane Ede
Rose Angela Brun
Gerald Aldo Di Toro
Frederic Luke Gabbedy
Nilakantha Stephen Bennett
Hadji Edmond Choo
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra  
Opera Australia Chorus  


Lakme - The Bell Song

Lakme - The Bell Song