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Mattiwilda Dobbs sings "Bell Song" - LIVE!

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The score, written from 1881–1882, was first performed on 14 April 1883 by the Opéra-Comique at the (second) Salle Favart in Paris, with stage decorations designed by Auguste Alfred Rubé and Philippe Chaperon (act 1), Eugène Carpezat and (Joseph-)Antoine Lavastre (act 2), and Jean-Baptiste Lavastre (act 3). Set in British India in the mid-19th century, Lakmé is based on Théodore Pavie's [fr] story "Les babouches du Brahamane" and novel Le Mariage de Loti by Pierre Loti.

Librettist Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille (Based on Théodore Pavie's story "Les babouches du Brahamane" and novel "Le Mariage de Loti" by Pierre Loti.)
Date of composition 1882 (1881-1882)
Premiered 1883, April 14th (Opéra Comique) in Paris, France
Type Opera
Approx. duration 120 minutes
Spoken language French
Instruments Voice (Soprano) - Coloratura ; Lakmé, a priestess, daughter of Nilakantha
Voice (Tenor) - Gérald, a British army officer
Voice (Bass) - Nilakantha, a Brahmin priest
Voice (Baritone) - Frédéric, officer friend of Gérald
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Mallika, slave of Lakmé
Voice (Tenor) - Hadji, slave of Nilakantha
Voice (Soprano) - Miss Ellen, fiancée of Gérald
Voice (Soprano) - Miss Rose, companion of Ellen
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Mistress Bentson, a governess
Voice (Tenor) - Fortune teller (Un Domben)
Voice (Tenor) - A Chinese merchant
Voice (Baritone) - Le Kouravar
Chorus/Choir - Officers, ladies, merchants, Brahmins, musicians
Orchestra
In listings Famous Works
Autotranslations beta Léo Delibes: Lakmé
Léo Delibes: Lakmé
Léo Delibes: Lakmé

Mattiwilda Dobbs sings "Bell Song" - LIVE!

From "Lakmé" by Léo Delibes, here is coloratura soprano Mattiwilda Dobbs singing the Act II aria "Où va la jeune Hindoue?" (The Bell Song). From a live concert in Sydney Australia (1955) with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Joseph Post. Here is a link to my Mattiwilda Dobbs playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA207FD887309138A&feature=plcp

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