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Saturday, February 20, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Saint-Saens: Samson et Dalila, February 20, 2016

  

Samson and Delilah is a three-act French opera. It is based on the story of Samson and Delilah in the Old Testament of the Bible. The words and story of the opera were written by Ferdinand Lemaire. The music was written by Camille Saint-Saëns. The opera was first performed in Weimar, Germany on December 2, 1877.

The story tells of the enslavement of the Hebrews by the Philistines. Samson urges them to resist their masters. The High Priest of Dagon uses Delilah to destroy Samson. Musical highlights include "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" and "Vois ma misère, hélas!" The opera finally played the Paris Opéra. It ranked second in popularity to Charles Gounod's Faust.

Samson – Jon Vickers

Dalila – Rita Gorr

High Priest of Dagon – Ernest Blanc

The Chorus and Orchestra of the National Opera of Paris

Georges Pretre - Conductor

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Saint- Saens: Samson et Dalila BUY Orch Du Theatre Nat De L'Opr De Paris; Georges Pretre, conductor
10:00pm
10:35pm
Handel: Giulio Cesare: Svegliatevi nel cor BUY from Young Domingo; composed by Handel
10:40pm
Donizetti: Il Duca d'Alba: Inosservata, penetrava; Angelo casto e bel BUY from Young Domingo; composed by Donizetti
10:48pm
Halevy: La Juive: Rachel, quand du Seigneur BUY from Young Domingo; composed by Halevy
10:54pm
Wagner: Lohengrin: In fernem Land BUY from Young Domingo; composed by Wagner
11:00pm
11:00pm
Puccini: Le Villi: Torna ai felici di BUY from Young Domingo; composed by Puccini
11:05pm
Mascagni: Iris: Apri la tua finestra! BUY from Young Domingo; composed by Mascagni
11:17pm
Puccini: Tosca scenes BUY Vienna Philharmonic; Herbert von Karajan, conductor
11:39pm
Mascagni: Suzel, boun di... L'amico Fritz BUY Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Armstrong, conductor
11:48pm
Puccini: La Boheme, Atto 1: O soave fanciulla BUY from Roberto Alagna & Angela Gheorghiu - Duets & Arias; composed by Puccini
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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