Leo Delibes Biography
French Composer Famous for Opera Lakmé and Ballet 'Coppélia' (《葛蓓莉亚》)
French composer Léo Delibes is known for his successful opera masterpiece Lakme, a lyric evocation of India for which he was indebted to Georges Bizet for its oriental color and characterization. Others contend that his most famous work is the ballet Coppélia, premiered when he was 34.
Delibes, a son of a government employee, was born on February 21, 1836 in St. Germain du Val, but he and his mother moved to Paris, after the death of his father.
At the age of 12, he entered Paris Conservatory and became a pupil of Adolphe Adam, French composer of many popular stage works and famous for ballet Giselle. Adam would have a lasting influence in his life.
Delibes became a church organist, however, he was strongly drawn to the theatre, writing sparkling operettas in the style of his teacher Adolphe Adam, then becoming chorus master at the Theatre-Lyrique and the Paris Opera.
His first operetta which he produced at the age of 19, Deux Sous de Charbon, led to series of popular short works in this genre.
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