Saint-Saëns' opera was inspired by the fascinating biblical story of Samson and Delilah, which explores the eternal struggle between cunning and might. Samson -- a warrior who draws his superhuman strength from his long hair -- is seduced by the beautiful Delilah. She removes his locks while he sleeps so her tribe, the Philistines, can finally defeat their thus-far invincible enemy. An epic and breathtaking oeuvre, Samson and Delilah is a masterpiece of French lyric art that bursts with stirring arias including the celebrated "Softly Awakes My Heart". The production is another wonderful chance to see conductor Ariane Matiakh in action. For the staging, Marie-Eve Signeyrole breaks from the traditional biblical mise en scène to give us a better sense of the ancient story's tightly woven themes of politics and human nature that still speak to us today.
Overtitled in French, German