Samson et Dalila (2 CD)

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Samson et Dalila (2 CD)
Conductor: Georges Prêtre
Label: PRX/Warner Classics/Parlophone
Release Date: 05/12/17

The full grandeur, passion and nobility of Saint-Saëns’ biblical drama is embodied in the interpretations of two supreme singers of their era, Jon Vickers and Rita Gorr – as remarkable for their powerful personalities as for their vocal splendour – and of conductor Georges Prêtre.

Idiomatic style is further guaranteed by Ernest Blanc as the High Priest of Dagon, the orchestra of the Paris Opéra and, as both oppressed Hebrews and exultant Philistines, the Chœurs René Duclos.

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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