Léo Delibes (1836-1891)
Information about the composer Léo Delibes and his operas.
A French composer.
Recommended recordings on CD
Sébastian/Robin/Luca (Naxos Historical 8.111235-36)
A superb recording from 1952 featuring an all-French cast headed by the great soprano Mado Robin.
Paris Opéra Comique Chorus, Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra, conducted by Georges Sébastian, 1952.
Cast: Mado Robin (Lakmé), Libero De Luca (Gérald), Jean Borthayre (Nilakantha), Agnès Disney (Mallika).
Naxos Historical 8.111235-36 (mono)
Plasson/Dessay/Kunde (EMI Classics 7243 CDS5 56569-2)
The latest recording surpasses all others, with excellent performances and superb sound.
Toulouse Capitole Chorus, Toulouse Capitole Orchestra, conducted by Michel Plasson, 1997.
Cast: Natalie Dessay (Lakmé), Gregory Kunde (Gérald), José van Dam (Nilakantha), Delphine Haidan (Mallika).
EMI Classics 7243 CDS5 56569-2