SAMSON ET DALILA

METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE

2018-2019

DATES

SEP 24,28

OCT 1,5,9,13,16,20

MAR 13,16,19,23,28

CAST

CONDUCTOR: Mark Elder

DALILA: Elīna Garanča (SEP 24,28, OCT 1,5,9,13,16,20) / Anita Rachvelishvili (MAR 13,16,19,23,28)

SAMSON: Roberto Alagna (SEP 24,28, OCT 1,5,9,13,16,20) / Aleksandrs Antonenko (MAR 13,16,19,23) / kristian Benedikt (MAR 28)

HIGH PRIEST: Laurent Naouri

ABIMÉLECH: Elchin Azizov (SEP 24,28, OCT 1,5,9,13,16,20) / Tomasz Konieczny (MAR 13,16,19,23,28)

THE OLD HEBREW: Dmitry Belosselskiy (SEP 24,28, OCT 1,5,9,13,16,20) / Günther Groissböck (MAR 13,16,19,23,28)

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Metropolitan Opera House LeftABOUT THE OPERA

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns – Librettist: Ferdinand Lemaire

First performance: Weimer, Hoftheater, 2 December 1877

Samson et Dalila is Saint-Saëns’s only opera which is regularly performed today. At first intended as an oratorio and entitled Dalila, Samson et Dalila is based on the Biblical episode from the Book of Judges. Dalila, the beautiful priestess of Dagon, approaches and seduces Samson, who incautiously reveals her that the secret of his strength resides in his hair. Sent to prison with his hair cut, Samson hears his suffering people and begs God’s forgiveness for his irresponsibility. When he is asked to kneel before Dagon, however, he refuses and prays and, prodigiously recovering his strength, he pushes down two pillars and the temple falls down.


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