Camille Saint-Saëns

The Biblical story of Hebrew strongman Samson and Philistine temptress Dalila has served as an inspiration for many artists. This work by Camille Saint-Saëns is its most famous musical interpretation, and the only opera of this composer staged regularly all over the world. Dalila, who comes from a tribe defeated by the Hebrews, uses her beauty and love to seduce Samson, only to elicit the secret of his supernatural strength and deprive him of it by cutting his long hair. Through the innovative instrumentation of the piece, the romanticism of Saint-Saëns’ music is combined with early Impressionism. The main protagonists are played by Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna, whom our viewers may remember from the brilliant 2010 production of Carmen.

conductor: Sir Mark Elder
production: Darko Tresnjak
set designer: Alexander Dodge
costume designer: Linda J. Cho
lighting designer: Donald Holder
cast: Roberto Alagna as Samson, Elīna Garanča as Dalila, Laurent Naouri as High Priest, Elchin Azizov as Abimélech, Dmitry Belosselskiy as The Old Hebrew