After training under Adolphe Adam at the Paris Conservatoire, he worked as rehearsal accompanist at the Théâtre Lyrique and as an organist before coming to popular attention with his balletCoppélia (1870); its title referred to a doll, depicted in the work, which comes to life. Other ballets include Sylvia (1876), and La Source (1866), which he wrote with Minkus.
Delibes also composed various operas, of which the last to be completed, the lush orientalizing Lakmé (1883), contains the famous coloratura showpiece the Bell Song ('Où va la jeune Indoue') and the Flower Duet, a barcarolle that British Airways commercials familiarized for non-operagoers in the 1990s. At the time, his operas impressed Tchaikovsky enough for the composer to rate Delibes more highly than Brahms. Judged purely as composers of operas, the modern critic would have to agree.
Delibes added the Divertissement to Adam's ballet Le Corsaire, wrote a Mass, a cantata on the theme of Algiers, operettas and occasional music for the theater, such as dances and antique airs for Victor Hugo's Le roi s'amuse, the play that Verdi turned into Rigoletto.
Opera Favorites for String Quartet "By Lynne Latham. For string quartet. Instrumental Ensemble - Strings. Selections from favorite operas by Mozart, Bizet, Delibes, Puccini, Offenbach and Massenet. Grade 4. Set of parts. Published by Latham Music Enterprises"
Sous Le Dome Epais (Duet From 'Lakme') "(Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano Duet). By Leo Delibes (1836-1891). For mezzo soprano voice, soprano voice and piano accompaniment. Vocal. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Vocal duet score. Vocal duet notation, piano accompaniment, english translation and int
Dome Epais "(Flower Duet From Lakme). By Leo Delibes (1836-1891). Edited by Roger Nichols. For soprano/ mezzo-soprano voice duet and piano accompaniment. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Vocal score. Duet notation, piano reduction and introductory text. 14 page
Flower Duet "(From Lakme - for Two Flutes and Piano or Soprano, Flute, and Piano). By Leo Delibes (1836-1891). Arranged by Jeanne Baxtresser Margaret Baxtresser. For Two Flutes and Piano, Soprano, Flute, and Piano. Classical. Set of parts. Standard notation. 8 pages.