Lakme

Australia, 1991

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Episode of Series “The Australian Opera”.
The 1976 performance of Leo Delibes “Lakme” at the Sydney Opera House stars Joan Sutherland, Huguette Tourangeau and Henri Wilden. The story is set in India in the mid 19th Century when the British were imposing a suppressive rule over the many religious sects. Nilakantha, the leader of one of the forbidden sects is secretly raising his daughter Lakme as a priestess to be worshipped as Divine by his followers. He keeps her isolated in a temple which he has surrounded with a bamboo stockade, declaring the temple and garden to be sacred ground. Sung in French. No subtitles. A brief summary of the plot is provided on screen in English at the beginning of each Act. Performers include: Joan Sutherland, Clifford Grant, Huguette Tourangeau, Graeme Ewer, Henri Wilden. The Australian Opera (Sydney) conducted by Richard Bonynge. The Elizabethan Orchestra (Sydney) conducted by Robert Ingram. Geoffrey Arnold (Chorus Master), Australian Opera Chorus. Staged by Michael Kaempff

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Credits

producer

Cheryl Forrest-Smith

director

John Charles

production company

ABC Video Arts

Duration

02:35:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1991

Appears in

The Australian Opera

Group of items

The Australian Opera

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ACMI Identifier

305362

Language

English

Audience classification

G

Subject category

Music & Performing Arts → Operas

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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