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March 2022

Program and cast

Ópera in three acts

Music by Léo Delibes (1836-1891)

Libretto by Edmond Gondinet y Philippe Gille, basado en la novela Rarahu ou le Mariage (1880) de Pierre Loti

Premiered in the Teatro de la Opéra-Comique de París April 14th, 1883

Premiered in the Teatro Real on November 13th, 1898

Ópera en Versión de Concierto


Musical conductor I  Leo Hussain

Chorus director I Andrés Máspero

Titular Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Coro Intermezzo / Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)


Lakmé I Sabine Devieilhe

Gérald I  Xabier Anduaga

Nilakantha I Stéphane Degout

Frédéric I David Menéndez

Mallika I Héloïse Mas

Hadji I Gerardo López

Miss Ellen I Inés Ballesteros

Miss Rose I Cristina Toledo

Mistress Bentson I Elena Zilio

Kouravar I Isaac Galán

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