Leo Delibes

1800’s classical opera // romantic ballet

Calm gliding elegant brilliance. This magnificent piece touched my ears first when I heard a brief moment of it in Carlito’s Way, but many others were familiarized with it in the 1990’s by a British Airways advertising campaign. The “Flower Duet” is from Delibes’ celebrated opera Lakmé, and in which a woman is aided into her bath by her ladyservant. Tchaikovsky was so impressed with Delibes that he rated the composer more highly than Brahms.
Heaven’s golden angels singing exclusively for you.

Delibes – “Dúo de flores” from Lakmé (1883)
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12 Responses to “Leo Delibes”

  1. Matt :

    I remember this from those commercials. Very beautiful. Feels like a song for the coming of spring… if that makes any sense.

  2. Cliff :

    I was actually wondering what this song was called the other day, was wanting it for something.
    Very cool.

  3. Paulo X :

    This song was also used as background to the love scene between Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve in “The Hunger”.

  4. Anonymous :

    Thank you, thank you, THANKYOU! Blogs never have enough of this kind of music. Made my night. Any similar would be appreciated!

  5. Anonymous :

    Hey, this is a bit late but I was just browsing and saw this. Going a little mainstream, I believe recording artist David Usher sampled some of the voices in this for one of his singles… :)


  6. Anonymous :

    Thank you and thanks again. I just love this and didnt know who composed this and the the title. Now I know.

  7. Azulet :

    I love this site but never quite expected a beautiful opera piece. very cool. is there a blog for classical/romantic era pieces?

  8. Paul Irish :

    As far as I know, there are no classical music blogs yet. A definite shame, because it would get a lot of love.

    Come on, people. Man up!

  9. zeitvertreibende :


    its a very beatiful piece of music,
    who´s performing please and conducting?

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  11. Anonymous :

    Isn’t this the piece that Andy Defraine played over the Shawshank intercom in the Shawshank Redemption? It truly is one I’ve been looking for… thanks a ton, your blog choices are right up my alley.

  12. Paul Irish :

    Nope. The piece in Shawshank was Mozart’s “Duettino – Sull’aria” from The Marriage of Figaro.