SATURDAY 6 MAY 7.30PM
Swansea City Opera presents
by Léo Delibes
Director & Set Design Brendan Wheatley
Musical Director John Beswick
Costume Design Gabriella Ingram
Sung in English
Following the success of La Boheme last year, Swansea City Opera return with this jewel of an opera.
Lakme is best known for the famous ‘Flower Duet’, which has become one of the most familiar numbers any composer, in any genre, has ever written, even used by our national airline on TV ads! 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.
Swansea City Opera are setting their production in India during the Raj of the 1880’s, sung in English and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Like Delibes’ music for his famous ballet Coppelia, the orchestral scoring is delicious and as the opera remains a relative rarity, don’t miss this golden opportunity to hear and see this ravishing piece.
There will be a pre-performance talk about the opera and production given by the Artistic Director of Swansea City Opera, Brendan Wheatley at 6.15pm
Tickets £18.50/Concessions £17 (Includes credit card fee)