Lakmé (includes Flower Duet)
Leo Delibes


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The highest of 2 entries for Delibes in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has featured in every chart and peaked at number 48 in 1998.

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.