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LEO DELIBES  

(1836 - 1891)

Léo Delibes was trained at the Paris Conservatoire, where he achieved no particular distinction. His first major triumph came with the ballet Coppélia, based on a story by ETA Hoffmann and staged at the Opéra in 1870. He excelled as a composer of operetta, his career culminating in equally successful operas of a more serious kind.

Stage Works

Delibes won early success with Coppélia and its Hoffmann story of old Dr Coppelius and his doll Coppélia, who seems to come to life. He followed this in 1876 with Sylvia, set in pagan Greece. The 1866 ballet La Source had given Delibes an earlier opportunity, in collaboration with the established composer Minkus. In 1882 Delibes wrote a set of pastiche ancient airs and dances for Victor Hugo’s play Le Roi s’amuse, later to provide a subject for Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. His opera Lakmé, dealing with the love of a British officer and the daughter of a Brahmin priest in mid-19th-century India, provides the well-known ‘Bell Song’ for ambitious coloratura sopranos. The ‘Flower Duet’, popularised by its recent commercial use, remains singularly attractive. Delibes’s last opera, Kassya, was orchestrated by Massenet after the composer’s death.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Ballet Naxos 8.501055
Art and Music: Masters of the Modern Age Vol 1 Naxos 8.503269
Die Welt der Oper Naxos 8.503061
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 2 Naxos 8.505029

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.551144
Ballet
20 YEARS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: Naxos Anniversary Collection (Naxos Denmark) Naxos
8.570598
Opera
A TO Z OF OPERA Naxos Educational
8.555037-38
Opera
A TO Z OF OPERA (The) (2nd expanded edition) Naxos Educational
8.558216-17
Opera
ADAM: Giselle (excerpts) / DELIBES: Sylvia Suite / TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker Suite Amadis
7110
Ballet
Art and Music: Degas - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558144
Ballet
BALLET FAVORITES Naxos
8.571082
Ballet, Orchestral, Ballet
Ballets - DELIBES, L. / CHOPIN, F. / ADAM, A. / MASSENET, J. / DEBUSSY, C. (Fricke, Marriner, Pommer, Sandor) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix416
Ballet, Orchestral
BEAUTY OF BALLET (THE) (Australian Ballet, 1986-1995) (5 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4030BD
Ballet DVD
BERLIN OPERA NIGHT (Deutsche Oper Berlin, 2011) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059008
Opera DVD
BEST OF JOAN SUTHERLAND (THE) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4007D
Opera DVD
BEST OF NAXOS 4 Naxos
8.550004
Ballet
BEST OF OPERA, VOL. 3 Naxos
8.553168
Opera
BLU-RAY EXPERIENCE II (THE)- Opera, Ballet and Theatre Highlights (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7077D
Ballet DVD
CHALIAPIN, Feodor: A Vocal Portrait (1907-1936) Naxos Historical
8.110748-49
Opera
CHOPIN, F.: Sylphides (Les) / DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Nerina, Helpmann, Fonteyn, Nureyev) (NTSC) ICA Classics
ICAD5058
Ballet DVD
CINEMA CLASSICS (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.578021-22
Opera
CINEMA CLASSICS 2004 Naxos
8.556813
Opera
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.551171
Opera
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.556631
Opera
CLASSIC MOODS - TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / DVORAK, A. / GRIEG, E. / DELIBES, L. / BRAHMS, J. / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.A. / MAHLER, G. Capriccio
C18407
Ballet
Classical Music From TV Advert Naxos
8.554589
Opera
Classics at the Movies: Thrillers Naxos
8.556809
Opera
COCKTAIL CLASSICS Delos
DE1611
Chamber Music
DELIBES / ADAM: Ballet Favourites Naxos
8.553270
Orchestral, Ballet
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Australian Ballet) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4019D
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (excerpts) (Royal Opera House Orchestra, Irving) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80780
Ballet
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Lyon National Opera Ballet, 1994) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100337
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Paris Opera Ballet, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7093D
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Paris Opera Ballet, 2011) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1061D
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Paris Opera Ecole de Danse, 2001) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107231
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Paris Opera Ecole de Danse, 2001) (PAL) TDKDVD
DV-BLCOPM
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Royal Opera House, 2000) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0824D
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia (Royal Opera House, 2000) (PAL) Opus Arte
OA0813D
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppélia (Victor Ullate Ballet, 2013) (Blu-ray, HD) EuroArts
2059724
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppélia (Victor Ullate Ballet, 2013) (NTSC) EuroArts
2059728
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia / Sylvia (Highlights) (Slovak Radio Symphony, Razumovsky Symphony, Morgrelia) Naxos
8.572925
Ballet
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia / Sylvia (Minneapolis Symphony, London Symphony, A. Dorati, Fistoulari) Newton Classics
NC8802080
Ballet
DELIBES, L.: Coppelia Ballet Suite / CHOPIN, F.: Les Sylphides (orch. R. Douglas) (Berlin Radio Symphony, Fricke) Capriccio
C10073
Ballet
DELIBES, L.: Lakme (Opera Australia, 2011) EPC Distribution
OPOZ56022CD
Opera
DELIBES, L.: Lakme (Opera Australia, 2011) (Blu-ray, HD) EPC Distribution
OPOZ56021BD
Opera DVD
DELIBES, L.: Sylvia (excerpts) / Coppelia (excerpts) / GOUNOD, C.: Faust: Ballet Music (Budapest Philharmonic, Sandor, Berlin Radio Symphony, Fricke) Capriole
CA15616
Ballet
DELIBES, L.: Sylvia (Paris Opera Ballet, 2005) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107205
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Sylvia (Paris Opera Ballet, 2005) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BLSVA
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Sylvia (Royal Ballet, 2005) (Blu-ray, HD) Opus Arte
OABD7047D
Ballet DVD
DELIBES, L.: Sylvia (Royal Ballet, 2005) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA0986D
Ballet DVD
DELIBES: Best of French Ballet Naxos
8.550080
Orchestral, Ballet
DELIBES: Coppelia (Complete Ballet) / La Source Suites Naxos
8.553356-57
Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral
DELIBES: Coppelia (Paris Opera, 2001) (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVUS-BLCOP
Ballet DVD
DELIBES: Lakme (Robin, Disney, Sebastian) (1952) Naxos Historical
8.111235-36
Opera
DELIBES: Sylvia (Complete Ballet) / SAINT-SAENS: Henry VIII Naxos
8.553338-39
Ballet
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Ballet
EASDALE, B.: Red Shoes (The) / WEBER, C.M. von: Invitation to the Dance / DELIBES, L.: Sylvia Suite / Coppelia Ballet Suite (Golschmann) (1957-1958) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80977
Orchestral
EVENING WITH THE ROYAL BALLET (AN) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1087D
Ballet DVD
FAIRYTALE BALLETS (THE) (4 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1146BD
Ballet DVD
FAMOUS WALTZES Amadis
7171
Ballet
French Ballet Favourites Naxos
8.554062
Ballet
GREAT BALLET (10-CD Box Set) Naxos
8.501055
Ballet
GREAT BALLETS OF THE OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS - Giselle / Sylvia / Le jeune homme et la mort / Carmen (NTSC) TDKDVD
DVWW-BOXPARIS
Ballet DVD
GREAT ORCHESTRAL CLASSICS 4 (Australia) Naxos
8.570039
Ballet
INVITATION TO THE DANCE Naxos
8.550081
Orchestral
JENKINS, Florence Foster: Murder on the High Cs (1937-1951) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120711
Nostalgia
KENTON, Stan: MacGregor Transcriptions, Vol. 5 (1944-1945) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120714
Jazz
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Ganz grosses Kino Naxos
8.551306-07
Opera
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Grandioser Gesang Naxos
8.551304-05
Opera
KLASSISKA FAVORITER: OPERA (Classical Favourites: Opera) Naxos
8.503021
Opera
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW: Playtime Fun and Games Naxos Educational
8.555812
Ballet
LOVE AND PASSION IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578289-90
Ballet
Majestic Marches Naxos
8.550370
Ballet
MARTINEZ, Ana Maria: SOPRANO SONGS AND ARIAS Naxos
8.557827
Vocal
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 1: The Acoustic Recordings (1910) Naxos Historical
8.110328
Opera
MOISEIWITSCH, Benno: Acoustic Recordings 1916-1925 (Moiseiwitsch, Vol. 10) Naxos Historical
8.111116
Instrumental
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - GERMANY (Majestic Marches): A Musical Visit to Kulmbach and the Tin Soldier Museum (NTSC) Naxos
2.110305
Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - PARIS: A Musical Tour of Paris, Chantilly, Versailles and Chartres (NTSC) Naxos
2.110506
Ballet DVD, Classical Concert
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - SOUTHERN FRANCE: A Musical Tour of Provence, Cote d'Azur and Camargue Naxos
2.110516
Classical Concert
My First Ballet Album Naxos
8.578205
Ballet
MY FIRST BALLET COLLECTION (NTSC) Opus Arte
OA1019D
Ballet DVD
NIGHT AT THE OPERA (A) Naxos
8.554575
Opera
Opera Arias (arr. for flute, oboe and piano) - DELIBES, L. / PUCCINI, G. / OFFENBACH, J. / GOUNOD, C.-F. / MOZART, W.A. (Zukerman, Vogel, Helmrich) Delos
DE3209
Chamber Music
Opera Arias (Coloratura): Dilber - BELLINI, V. / VERDI, G. / MEYERBEER, G. / DELIBES, L. / DONIZETTI, G. / STRAUSS II, J. / STRAUSS, R. Ondine
ODE768-2
Opera
Opera Arias (Contralto): Schumann-Heink, Ernestine - MEHRKENS, A. / ARDITI, L. / SCHUBERT, F. / WAGNER, R. / MEYERBEER, G. (1900-1935) Delos
DE5503
Vocal
OPERA AT THE MOVIES Naxos
8.551164
Opera
OPERA FAVOURITES (Opera Australia) (NTSC) Opus Arte
OAF4020D
Classical Concert
OPERA NATIONAL DE PARIS: The Ballet Classics - Coppelia / Paquita / Giselle (3 DVD Box Set) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
107532
Ballet DVD
OPERA'S GREATEST MOMENTS Naxos
8.557926-27
Opera
PANDA CLASSICS - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos
8.503204
Ballet
Pearl Fishers and Other Famous Operatic Duets Naxos
8.555797
Opera
PERFECT ROMANCE Naxos
8.570029
Opera
PERFECT SPRING WEDDING Naxos
8.557976
Opera
PERFECT WEDDING Naxos
8.557975
Opera
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings (1939, 1954) Naxos Historical
8.111142-44
Vocal
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 10 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262772
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Schoepper, Vol. 11 of the Robert Hoe Collection The Robert Hoe Collection
75442262782
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI Naxos
8.554137DX
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 7 Naxos
8.550216
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 7 Naxos
8.570088
Instrumental
ROSSINI: Turco in Italia (Il) (Callas, Rossi-Lemeni, Gavazzeni) (1954) Naxos Historical
8.111028-29
Opera
SCHIPA, Tito: Complete Victor Recordings (The), Vol. 2 (1924-1925) Naxos Historical
8.110333
Opera
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE Cedille
CDR90000-019
Vocal
STREICH, Rita: Rita Streich Sings (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80094
Vocal
ULTIMATE BALLET ALBUM (THE) Naxos
8.570011-12
Ballet
UNITED STATES ARMY NAVY BAND: 75th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1 (1925-2000) Altissimo
75442261122
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Vocal Recital: Grigorian, Stella - MONTSALVATGE, X. / GUASTAVINO, C. / NIN, J. OBRADORS, F. / GLINKA, M.I. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. Oehms Classics
OC719
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Komsi, Anu - GLIERE, R. / THOMAS, A. / DELIBES, L. / ALYABIEV, A.A. / MOZART, W.A. / SIBELIUS, J. (Coloratura) BIS
BIS-1962
Opera
Vocal Recital: Streich, Rita - STRAUSS, Josef / SAINT-SAENS, C. / VERDI, G. / GODARD, B. / DVORAK, A. / CZERNIK, W. (Waltzes and Arias) Newton Classics
NC8802069
Vocal




 
 
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