Libretto by Edmond GONDINET and Philippe GILLE

New production

  • Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
  • Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Last performance at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège : January 1994

Online, Thursday 28th of May, on France TV platform at 8PM

The story

In British India in the 19th century, Lakmé, a young Brahman priestess is in love with Gérald, who is due to wed an English woman. Nilakantha, her father, cannot tolerate such sacrilege and seeks to assassinate his daughter’s lover. The wounded Gérald is hidden in the forest by Lakmé…


In the late romanticism period, exotic far-off lands brimming with the wildest of fantasies were very popular. When Delibes first performed Lakmé at the Opéra Comique in 1883, he did so in response to audiences demanding the lyrical change of scenery heralded by Les Pêcheurs de perles and Carmen by Bizet. It met with success and the passions thwarted by the colonial spirit made Lakmé, before Madama Butterfly by Puccini, a heroine beyond the realms of western humanity and the opera itself a multi-cultural work.

The title role is bright in nature despite the oppressive environment. Its subtly lyrical vocal style leniently calls upon a certain amount of oriental flavours. The climax of the score is the famous bell song which, in Act II, with incredible appeal, offers the heroine the opportunity to deploy her high-pitched vocals through unforgettable vocalisations. Another emotional high point comes with the flower duet.

Delibes is today known for Lakmé and his ballets, Coppélia and Sylvia, which are the only works regularly performed on the world’s stages. This new production does justice to a wonderful score that has been absent from our stage for more than twenty years.

Introduction to performances: curtain-raisers

All the opera performances are preceded by an educational introduction open to all. They take place 30 minutes before the start of the performance, in the company of an opera specialist to provide a pertinent presentation of the work.


Plan your visit

  • Surtitle

    The Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège offers to its spectators a surtitle in French, Dutch, German and English, for each opera on the bill.

  • Car Parks

    How to come by car?

    Car parks with discounted rate

    Discounted rate of € 6 for performances and concerts featured in our schedules (in the evening from 18.00 to 01.00 and on Sunday from 13.00 to 19.00). A validation terminal is available in the entrance hall of the Opera House (from when the doors opens).

    Neujean car park

    45, Boulevard de la Sauvenière – 4000 Liège, Belgium

    • Mon. to Fri. : open until 1 o’clock in the morning.
    • Sat. and Sun. : open all night.

    Opéra car park

    1, Galerie Opéra – 4000 Liège, Belgium
    Open 24 hours, 7 days a week

    Other car parks nearby

    • Central Park car park : 26, Place Xavier-Neujean - 4000 Liège
    • Saint-Lambert car park : Place Saint-Lambert - 4000 Liège
    • Cathédrale car park : Place de la Cathédrale - 4000 Liège

  • Catering

    For a meal or a drink during an opera or a concert

    Whether you want a drink or a meal (by booking only), the Opera Restaurant, located in the prestigious setting of the Foyer Grétry, welcomes you before each performance when the Theatre’s doors open.

    During the interval, the Foyer Grétry Bar (2nd floor) as well as the Salazar Bar (4th floor) are open for you to relax and quench your thirst.

    For “Opera for All” Young Audience performances and “Discovery concerts”, the Foyer Grétry Bar is open one hour before and at the end of each performance.

    For information and bookings: +32 (0) 499 42 42 62  - lydia-campoccia@hotmail.com – www.leschefsopera.be

    Drink tokens

    Drink tokens are on sale as soon as the doors of the Theatre open on performance days (in the entrance hall and the main stairs) or during the interval (in the Foyer Grétry).

    Simple token : 1, 40 € (softs : 2 tokens / wines : 3 tokens)

    Champagne token : 9 €

    For reasons of hygiene and cleanliness, it is forbidden to bring drinks and snacks into the building.


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