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At The Opera, Saint-Saens: Samson st Dalila, February 23, 2019

  

Samson and Delilah is a grand opera in three acts and four scenes by Camille Saint-Saëns to a French libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire. It was first performed in Weimar at the Grossherzogliches Theater on December 2, 1877 in a German translation.

The opera is based on the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah found in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges in the Old Testament. It is the only opera by Saint-Saëns that is regularly performed. The second act love scene in Delilah's tent is one of the set pieces that define French opera. Two of Delilah's arias are particularly well known: "Printemps qui commence" ("Spring begins") and "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" ("My heart opens itself to your voice", also known as "Softly awakes my heart"), the latter of which is one of the most popular recital pieces in the mezzo-soprano/contralto repertoire.

Cast:

Dalia – Rita Gorr

Samson – Jon Vickers

Abimelech – Ernst Blanc

National Opera of Paris

Georges Pretre – conductor

EMI - 1962

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 Paris Opera
10:00pm
10:30pm
Dvorak: Song To The Moon BUY from Very Best of; composed by Dvorak
10:36pm
Smetana: Should I Ever Learn - The Bartered Bride BUY from Very Best of; composed by Smetana
10:40pm
Grieg: Solveig's Song BUY from Very Best of; composed by Grieg
10:45pm
Lucia Popp BUY from Very Best of
10:50pm
Mozart: Ach, Ich Fuhl's BUY from Very Best of; composed by Mozart
10:55pm
Mozart: Der Holle Rache BUY from Very Best of; composed by Mozart
10:58pm
Borodin / Mussorgsky: ICON Boris Christoff BUY from ICON: The Mighty Boris; composed by Borodin / Mussorgsky
11:00pm
11:17pm
Bellini: Introduzione (Andante Grave) ... Ite Sul Colle, O Druidi BUY Roma Opera


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