(c) Stefan Brion | Opéra Comique
(c) Stefan Brion | Opéra Comique


SABINE DEVIEILHE as Lakmé at the Opéra-Comique

Lakmé was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 1883 and recounts the unhappy love story between the British officer Gérald and Lakmé, daughter of the Brahman priest Nilakantha, who is fighting against colonial rule.

The music has remained fascinating to this day with its sumptuous melodic richness, subtle instrumentation, sophisticated harmonics and clever use of orientalism, not least in the grand ballet in Act II. Thus, the opera has far more to offer than what might arguably be the most well-known duet in opera literature: the “Flower Duet”, which is not only a concert-hall favourite, but has also been used in many an advertisement and feature film.

Lakmé’s so-called “Bell Song” aria is a signature piece of famous virtuoso sopranos, making the opera’s title role a perfect match for one of the outstanding French voices of our times: Sabine Devieilhe’s soprano combines crystal-clear coloratura lightness with colourful, lyrical warmth. In this virtuoso and tragic title role, in which she first caused a stir in 2014, Sabine Devieilhe returns to the Opéra Comique.

Under the baton of Raphael Pichon and directed by Laurent Pelly, Leo Delibes’ oriental world is transposed to a modern theatrical stage of our present day, while keeping the story’s magic and the truthfulness embodied by its protagonists.

Léo Delibes: Lakmé

Sabine Devieilhe, Lakmé
Rédéric Antoun, Gérald
Ambroisine Bré, Mallika
Stéphane Degout, Nilakantha
Philippe Estèphe, Frédéric
Judith Fa, Ellen
Marielou Jacquard, Rose
Mireille Delunsch, Mistress Bentson
François Rougier, Hadji

Ensemble Pygmalion, choir & orchestra
Raphaël Pichon, artistic direction
Laurent Pelly, stage director & costumes
Camille Dugas, stage
Joël Adam, light

SABINE DEVIEILHE | Délibes: Lakmé - "Air des clochettes"
SABINE DEVIEILHE | Délibes: Lakmé - "Air des clochettes"

28., 30. September 2022
2., 4., 6. & 8. October 2022

PARIS | Opéra-Comique
Léo Delibes: Lakmé