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Delibes: Lakme (Sydney Opera House) (Emma Matthews/ Aldo Di Toro/ Stephen Bennett/ Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra/ Roger Hodgman/ Emmanuel Joel-Hornak) (Opera Australia: OPOZ56021BD) [Blu-ray] [2012][Region Free] [2013]

Emma Matthews , Aldo Di Toro    Exempt   Blu-ray
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Lakmé, Delibes greatest opera, is performed by Opera Australia in all its oriental glory. Starring the exquisite coloratura soprano Emma Matthews as the innocent girl priestess Lakmé, and superb tenor Aldo Di Toro as the love-struck Gerald, the story tackles religion and cross-cultural love against a backdrop of British rule in India in the mid-19th century.

French conductor Emmanuel Joel-Hornak brings out the full depth of the lush, dramatic score, with familiar high points being the beautiful renditions of the well-known Flower duet and Bell Song. Dominica Matthews adds her rich voice as Mallika and Stephen Bennett is darkly dominating as Brahmin priest Nilakantha, Lakmés father, while Roxane Hislop is a consumate Mistress Bentson.

Set and costume designs by Mark Thompson fill the stage with rich colour, atmosphere and exoticism, complemented by Nigel Levings warm lighting. This restudied production, originally conceived by Adam Cook, is skilfully directed by Roger Hodgman.

Review

"It's not hard to see why Emma Matthews is considered one of the greatest opera singers Australia has to offer. As Lakmé, she is startlingly perfect and the audience lets her know it."

--Australian Stage

"Matthews's sound is juicy, always under control, capable of dramatic outbursts yet flexible enough to pull back and negotiate the intricate bell staccatos with glittering accuracy."

--Opera News

'So convincing are these singers [Matthews, Aldo di Toro] that the opera at times ceases to be a Victorian imperialist souvenir and becomes a window into a genre of opera that has faded from the 21st century but was once meaningful to a large public.' --Gramophone, February 2013, David Patrick Stearns
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