Saint-Saëns’ ‘Samson et Delila’ from the Met

Oct 10, 2018
Photo by: Ken Howard/Met Opera Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča sing the title roles in the Met’s new production of Saint-Saëns' "Samson et Dalila."

Rockland — The 2018-2019 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre continues Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. with a simulcast of Saint-Saëns’ “Samson et Dalila.” An encore broadcast will be presented Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 1 p.m. at the downtown venue, 345 Main St.

When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of “Carmen” at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder,” makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

“Samson et Dalila” premiered at the Grand Ducal Theater in Weimar, Germany, in 1877. Its source is a single chapter in the biblical Book of Judges. Saint-Saëns’s opera, along with other artistic renderings across multiple genres, has had an important role in the popularization of this tale of passion, the archetypal depiction of a man betrayed by an immoral woman.

“Samson et Dalila” is sung in French with Met titles in English and runs just over three hours, including two 30-minute intermissions. Tickets are $27, $15 for students younger than 18 and for college students with ID, available at or by calling 594-0070.  Encore show tickets, available day-of-show, are $23/$5. For more information, call or visit the website; or send email to

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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