The “Flower Duet” (French: Duo des fleurs / Sous le dôme épais) is a famous duet for sopranos from Léo Delibes’ opera Lakmé, first performed in Paris in 1883. The duet takes place in act 1 of the three-act opera, between characters Lakmé, the daughter of a Brahmin priest, and her servant Mallika, as they go to gather flowers by a river.

The duet is frequently used in advertisements and films and is popular as a concert piece. It was adapted for the theme “Aria on air” for the British Airways “face” advertisements of the 1980s by music composers Yanni and Malcolm McLaren. David Usher used a sample of the record in his 2001 song “Black Black Heart.(x)

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