Samson et Dalila - Opera - Season 16/17 Programming - Opéra national de Paris

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    Samson et Dalila

    Camille Saint-Saëns

    Opéra Bastille - from 01 October to 05 November 2016

    Vincent Pontet / OnP

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Samson et Dalila

Opéra Bastille - from 01 October to 05 November 2016

Samson et Dalila

Opera Camille Saint-Saëns

Opéra Bastille - from 01 October to 05 November 2016

3h05 with 2 intervals


In few words:

"Strip the invulnerable shield from his heart and discover the secret of his strength."


Samson et Dalila, Acte II, scène 2

Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera. “My heart awakens to your voice like a flower to the kiss of dawn.” An enchanting yet treacherous beauty… When the thunder at last rumbles, Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies: “Come up, for this time he has shown me all his heart”, she whispers to them in the night (The Old Testament, Book of Judges). Based on a violent and erotic biblical story, Saint-Saëns’s opera – composed in 1877, much to Liszt’s insistence – would not be performed at the Palais Garnier until fifteen years later. This first Parisian performance in 1892 included the hitherto unperformed “Dance Of The Priestesses”. Nevertheless, it became one of the most performed French operas in the world, together with Faust and Carmen. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this new production brings back a repertoire masterpiece that has not been performed at the Paris Opera for twenty-five years. Ever sensational as a femme fatale, Anita Rachvelishvili plays the murderous Priestess in a production staged by Damiano Michieletto.


Dalila: A Philistine seeking revenge on Samson
Samson: A brave Hebrew, famous for his strength, leader of his people
The High Priest of dagon: High Priest of the Philistines
Abimelech: Satrap of Gaza, the administrative governor
An old Hebrew
A Philistine messenger
Two Philistines


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Samson et Dalila - Camille Saint-Saëns

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About the work


  • With the support of the Cercle Berlioz

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera initiatives for young people and of the avant-premières

  • Sponsor of the Paris Opera's audiovisual broadcasts

  • With the support of AROP

Ce spectacle fera l’objet d’une captation audiovisuelle

Une co-production Opéra national de Paris et Telmondis avec le soutien du CNC et la participation d'Arte Concert, réalisée par François-René Martin.
Diffusion en direct au cinéma le 13 octobre, diffusion sur Arte Concert à partir du 14 octobre.
Diffusion sur France Musique le 23 octobre.

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