Samson et Dalila
The Metropolitan Opera
About Samson et Dalila
Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder", makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years. The source of this popular opera is a single chapter in the biblical Book of Judges, and the brevity of the tale did nothing to prevent it from becoming one of the world’s great stories of love (or at least passion)—as well as the archetypal depiction of a man betrayed by an immoral woman. Saint-Saëns’s opera, along with other artistic renderings across multiple genres, has had an important role in the popularization of this tale. Sung in French.
3hr 5min (incl. two intermissions)