Samson and Delilah (Libretto)

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Samson and Delilah (Libretto)

The libretto for Samson and Delilah, written in French by Ferdinand Lemaire for the opera by Camille Saint-Saëns. Includes English translation.

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc. (November 1, 1986)
  • Dimensions: 6.8” W x 0.1” D x 10.5” H


 

History

Samson et Dalila

Camille Saint-Saëns’s sensual French opera, Samson et Dalila, is based on the Book of Judges in the Old Testament. Set around 1150 BC, it takes place in the city of Gaza, a capital of ancient Philistia and the foothill country leading to Jerusalem.

Portions of the opera, including Dalila’s seduction aria “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” and the ballet sequence in the final act—the Bacchanale—are known well beyond the opera house.

This three-act grand opera was first performed in Weimar at the Grossherzogliches (Grand Ducal) Theater on December 2, 1877. Later the Met revived the work in its 1915/1916 season with Margarete Matzenauer as Delilah and Enrico Caruso as Samson.

The production returned to the Met in its 2018–19 season.

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