Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The Flower Duet by Joan Sutherland & Huguette Tourangeau (1976)

The Flower Duet (Sous le dôme épaisfrom Léo Delibes’ Lakmé, wonderfully sung in Act 1 by Joan Sutherland and Huguette Tourangeau in what in my view is one of the most beautifully rendered duets in opera. The French libretto is by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille, completed in 1882. The operatic drama found inspiration in Pierre Loti’s autobiographical novel, Le Mariage de Loti (1878),  following his experiences in Tahiti a few years earlier; Loti is the pen name for Louis Marie-Julien Viauda French naval officer and author. The three-act opera was first performed by the Opéra Comique, at the (second) Salle Favart in Paris, France, on April 14, 1883. The setting is late nineteenth century India when it was under British rule (1858–1947). The libretto can be found [here]; and a a synopsis can be found [here].
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