- 29 Ott 2014
Dame Joan Sutherland & Huguette Tourangeau – “Viens, Mallika … Sous le dôme épais” (“Flower duet”) – Lakmé (1883) I Act – Léo Délibes.
“Like other French operas of the period, ‘Lakmé’ captures the ambience of the Orient seen through Western eyes, which was periodically in vogue during the latter part of the nineteenth century and in line with other operatic works such as Bizet’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’ and Massenet’s ‘Le roi de Lahore.’ The subject of the opera was suggested by Gondinet as a vehicle for the American soprano Marie van Zandt.
Marie van Zandt (October 8, 1858 – December 31, 1919) was an American soprano.
“‘The Flower Duet’ (“Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais”) is a famous duet for sopranos from Léo Delibes’ opera “Lakmé”, first performed in Paris in 1883. The duet takes place in act 1 of the three-act opera, between characters Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika, as they go to gather flowers by a river.”