Léo Délibès’s Lakmé is one of the jewels of late 19th Century French opera. Adapted from an Orientalist novel by Pierre Loti, the opera, set in India, tells the story of Lakmé, daughter of the Brahmin high priest Nilakantha, and her doomed love affair with Gérald, a British soldier who she meets while gathering flowers by a river. Though widely acclaimed when it opened in Paris in 1883, Lakmé has faded from European stages recently, and the arrival this fall of a new and elegant production by the director Vincent Huguet—a close collaborator of Patrice Chéreau’s—is cause to visit Montpellier. Sabine Devieilhe, a talented young singer more and more present in leading roles on French stages, will sing the title role for the first time in her career.
Lakmé opens at the Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier on October 26. Tickets and performance information are available online.
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