Details of Lakme and the Ticket Luck value
It is said that love is blind and it does not consider any boundary be it geographical or religious. The magic of such fearless love cannot be described in words but it can surely be felt. Over the years, we have seen many facets of love presented through performing arts.
We have seen beautiful love stories told even more beautifully in movies and theatricals. Now we have one more reason to celebrate the power of love as Lakme is coming to sprinkle the magic and true spirit of love on us.
This is a heart-warming opera that tells the beautiful love story that does not foresee any religion or boundary. And when the love story is told with music of legendary composer Leo Delibes, it makes an incredible experience.
Lakme is a celebrated opera that has been gathering acclaim from the theatergoers for more than a century now. It introduces us to the beauty of 19th-century opera and mixes it well with modern day production values to create a totally mesmerizing and irresistible atmosphere.
Lakme is a story of true love and has all the elements of good music, wonderful choreography, exotic sets and above all a truly great and touching story that make it one of the most popular operas of all times.
It takes you to the times when cultures collide and wars happen but love finds it way somehow and the lead protagonist falls irresistibly and helplessly in love, but has it been only for the story Lakme would have never become the phenomenon it is today. It is the beauty and grace with which this story is translated for stage that makes Lakme an absolutely wonderful and breath-taking experience.
Lakme is based on a novel by Frenchman Pierre Loti titled Le Mariage de Loti. It tells the story of Lakme, a daughter of a Brahmin priest who falls desperately in love with Gerald, a handsome British officer stationed in India. The man also falls for but there is a religious and geographical divide between the two lovers.
As the events unfold, the story becomes more interesting and towards the end it strengthen your believe that true love is above all the boundaries, even of life and death. The idea of an unsanctioned love affair is beautifully woven in the setting of British India in the 19th-century that give it a real surreal and historic look.
The soulful story of Lakme is presented to us in the form opera in three acts. This opera was first staged in 1883 by the wonderful team of composer Leo Delibes and libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille. It was premiered at the Opera-Comique in Paris.
The production charmed everyone from day one and from then onwards, it was well-received wherever it was staged. If French praised Lakme for its well-told love tale, the Americans simply went totally gaga over its music and grand setting. The critics hailed it as a classical theatrical and various companies adopted it for different productions with different cast and crew.
All in all, Lakme has seen stunning success whenever and wherever it is staged. Now with this latest production, Lakme is coming up again with much grandeur and fanfare with a guarantee that everyone will enjoy this opera whether or not he is a regular theater enthusiast.
One of the most important and celebrated features of Lakme is its unforgettable music that has such a timeless feel to it that it still generates a lot of buzz whenever the production is staged anywhere in the world. It is said that Edmond Gondinet once gave Delibes a copy of Loti's novel to read on a train ride. Delibes loved it and spent a good one years time to compose music for it. His passion and dedication can still be sensed through the enchanting melodies of Lakme that brings the soul to this story of love and sacrifice.
Since Lakme is structured like a ballet, it makes the love story of the Brahmin girl look more beautiful that it could have been otherwise. That story is told through a series of distantly connected musical numbers, that are a few but absolutely joyful. Lakme has kept composer Leo Delibes' name alive in musical circles especially his masterpiece compositions of Flower Duet and Bell Song.
Indeed, Flower Duet has become one of the most successful opera numbers of history as it is used in hundreds of commercials and dozens of films. This is the same number that you hear on television shows, in elevators and shopping malls, in movies and in all manner of commercials. After becoming a sort of TV theme song for British Airways ads, the song has now become the show-stopper one for Lakme and an ultimate part of its identity.
The Bell Song, which is meant to tempt Lakme's hidden lover out from the listening crowd also creates such mix of emotions that it becomes opera's heart and soul. Not just that, the ponderous opening chords, the bustling marketplace music, and a soft brooding oriental theme everything makes Lakme a thoroughly wonderful and exciting musical fantasy.
While Delibes' music for Lakme is exceptionally outstanding, its real charm is in the way it is performed. Lakme presents a perfect mixture of gorgeous choreography and timeless music that lingers in the mind even when the opera concludes.
The music blends with the story the way no other opera can and the musical exoticism of a forbidden love affair culminates into an extraordinary piece of theatre that is nothing but fantastic. Besides this, Lakme brings many popular themes of opera in the 1880s that works well with todays audience.
The sets represent Indian exoticism mixed with religious rituals, the beautiful flora of the Orient, and the general novelty of Western colonials living in a foreign land.
There are mystical princesses, peasants, and Brahmins, well-meaning officers of the British Army and even a few gods. The play boosts of a talented cast that draw emotion and humanity in such a way that you dont help yourself falling in love with them.
Lakme is a one-in-a-lifetime kinda experience that has everything you love about love. It is an opera filled with infectious melody, exotic scenery and a story that still looks as fresh as it its first premier.
If you appreciate good theatre, then go for this one as you will love everything about it. From the first act love duet to the second act's market scene, and from off-stage promenade of lovers through the forest in the third act to the tragic climax, you will feel blessed after watching this passionate opera about love and life. Make sure to catch Lakme as it is spreading its magic in a theatre near you.