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About WNO: Samson and Delilah

With superhuman strength and unmatched feats, Samson has everything it takes to free the enslaved Hebrews from the Philistines, their oppressors. But his enemies possess a weapon that can bring the warrior to his knees: the beautiful and irresistible Delilah. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test.

This vivid staging of the iconic tale of love and betrayal features a lavish production and sumptuous period costumes, set against the tumultuous backdrop of two clashing nations. Saint-Saëns’s famous opera soars with some of the most splendid vocal music in French grand opera, including Delilah’s bewitching “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” (“My heart opens itself to your voice”) aria known around the world. From the provocative Bacchanale dance to the epic finale, "Samson and Delilah" depicts the danger of tenderness laced with deceit.

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns / Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire. In French with projected English titles.

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Audio-described performances:

Sunday, 3/1 at 2pm

Wednesday, 3/4 at 7:30pm

Saturday, 3/7 at 7pm

Friday, 3/13 at 7:30pm

Pre-performance talks will take place beginning one hour prior to each performance. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein's talk will begin one hour and 15 minutes prior to the performance on Wednesday, 3/4 at 7:30pm.

Audience talkback sessions with the artists will take place immediately after the following performances:

Monday, 3/16 at 7pm

WNO's Touch Cart, with real props and costumes, will be open one hour prior to the performances on Wednesday, 3/4 at 7:30pm and Friday, 3/13 at 7:30pm.

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Opera House at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566

3/1 - 3/21

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