Many find that his music contains early impressionist elements as well. Delibes' Sylvia,
which premiered in 1876, is considered Delibes' best ballet score. His oeuvre for the stage also includes many operas, including the famous Lakmé.
Succumbing to the current vogue for "the mysterious East," an opera comique tradition refreshed by the Romantic poets' fascination, Delibes set his tale of the English Lieutenant and the daughter of a Brahmin priest in mid-19th century India. The opera, Lakmé, provides the well known "Bell Song" and "The Flower Duet," popularized by its recent television commercial use.
Léo Delibes died in Paris in 1891.
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