Léo Delibes

Biography

Leo Delibes composer

Léo Delibes (1836-1891) was a French composer of ballets, operas, and other works for the stage.  He is chiefly remembered for his opera Lakmé, which includes The Flower Duet.

Life and Music

  • Delibes was a member of the French nationalist school, along with Offenbach, Chabrier, Widor, Canteloube and Massenet.
  • His father was in the postal service, and his mother, an able musician, the daughter of an opera singer and niece of the organist Edouard Batiste.
  • Delibes studied music with his mother and uncle.
  • His big composing break came with his ballet Coppélia, premiered in 1870.
  • Delibes worked for both Berlioz and Bizet when he was chorus master at Paris's Théâtre Lyrique.
  • Lakmé, written at a time when exoticism was fashionable, employs oriental colouring.

 

Did you know?

The Flower Duet was used to great effect in a long-running British Airways advertising campaign.

Music

Mahler Mother Earth Léo Delibes: Lakmé

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Ballet 1 Watch Delibes - Coppélia

Find out more about Delibes' Coppélia. Watch and listen to different recordings and download your favourite.

Pictures

Top Delius Pieces