Lakmé (includes Flower Duet)
Leo Delibes


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The work most famous for the Flower Duet climbs nine places

This exotic opera from 1883 tells the story of Hooray Henrys in India, whose interfere with the country's tradition results in a Goddess' death. Written at a time when exoticism was fashionable, Lakmé employs Oriental colouring, and features the popular opera hits 'Bell Song' and 'The Flower Duet', famously used to great effect in a long-running British Airways advertising campaign.