Samson et Dalila (DVD) - Met Opera
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Samson et Dalila (DVD)
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Release Date: Sep 14, 2004
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Chorus
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Region: Region Free, Worldwide
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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