Great Performances at the Met: Samson et Dalila
Premieres nationwide Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
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.
Watch Saint-Saëns’s epic based on the tale of Samson and Delilah, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
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.
National: Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS
New York metro area: Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. on THIRTEEN
- 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
- 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.
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