Great Performances at the Met: Samson et Dalila

Air date: 03/24/2019

Great Performances at the Met: Samson et Dalila

Premieres nationwide Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)

Synopsis:

Season 13 of Great Performances at the Met continues Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with Saint-Saëns’s epic Samson et Dalila. Based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah from the Book of Judges, the opera stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles alongside Laurent Naouri, Elchin Azizov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Darko Tresnjak’s production is set in 1150 BC, where the mighty Samson fights vigilantly to free the ancient Israelites from their bondage underthe Philistines. The High Priest of Dagon, angry with Samson after he kills the Philistine governor Ambimélech, plots to destroy Samson by utilizing the beauty of his former lover, Dalila. A passionate Samson falls prey to Dalila’s seduction, causing the secret to his superhuman strength, his long hair, to be revealed. After being ambushed by the Philistines, a weakened and vulnerable Samson must face the High Priest of Dagon and perform the ultimate sacrifice to save his people. Susan Graham hosts.

Short Listing

Watch Saint-Saëns’s epic based on the tale of Samson and Delilah, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

Long Listing

Watch Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic based on the tale of Samson and Delilah from the Book of Judges. Starring tenor Roberto Alagna and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča in the title roles. Sir Mark Elder conducts.

Airdates:

National: Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS

New York metro area: Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. on THIRTEEN

Notable Talent:

  • Elīna Garanča – Dalila
  • Roberto Alagna – Samson
  • Laurent Naouri – High Priest of Dagon
  • Elchin Azizov – Ambimélech
  • Dmitry Belosselskiy – The Old Hebrew
  • Susan Graham – hosts

Run time: 2.5 hours

Production Credits:

  • Sir Mark Elder – Conductor
  • Darko Tresnjak – Production
  • Alexander Dodge – Set Designer
  • Donald Holder – Lighting Designer
  • Austin McCormick – Choreographer

For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs the telecast. David Frost is Music Producer. Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.

Underwriters:

Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Major funding for the Met Opera presentation is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation and public television viewers.

Series Overview:

Great Performances at the Met is a presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, bringing the best of the Metropolitan Opera into the homes of classical music fans across the United States.

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Elina Garanca as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Elina Garanca as Dalila and Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson and Elina Garanca as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Alagna as Samson and Elina Garanca as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

A scene from Act I of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila" with Elina Garanca as Dalila and Roberto Alagna (back to camera) as Samson. Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Elina Garanca as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Elina Garanca as Dalila and Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Laurent Naouri as the High Priest, Roberto Alagna as Samson, and Elina Garanca as Dalila in Act III of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson and Elina Garanca as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson in Act III of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Elchin Azizov as Abimélech in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Laurent Naouri as the High Priest in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Elina Garanca as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Elina Garanca as Dalila and Laurent Naouri as the High Priest in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson and Elchin Azizov as Abimélech in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Roberto Alagna as Samson and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila." Photo: Ken Howard / Met Opera

Samson et Dalila set model by Alexander Dodge. Credit: Met Opera