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Samson et Dalila

Camille Saint-Saëns

2h 27

Samson et Dalila is a representative example of that exoticism which in the 19th century acted as one of the main movements of the French imagination. The only one of his thirteen operas that has remained in the repertoire, Saint-Saëns adheres to an authentic stage tradition that includes titles such as Meyerbeer's L'Africaine, Bizet's Les pêcheurs de perles, or Delibes' Lakmé. The well-known biblical plot is used to create a work that is somewhere between an oratorio and a grand-opera. From the former, the structural sense, the importance of the chorus and a certain staticism, evident in Act I. From the latter, the almost grandiloquent tone, the spectacular staging and the importance of the ballet, as well as an enveloping voluptuousness.


Along with the frequent choral interventions, the numbers of Samson, a tenor with heroic tonalities, and especially those of Delilah, one of the most important roles assigned to the mezzo-soprano voice in the history of the genre, such as the beautiful "Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix", from Act II, are worth mentioning. In the orientalism that dominates the brilliant setting, Saint-Saëns uses procedures derived from Arab music, often from North Africa, and which are also reflected in the last of his piano concertos, subtitled "Egyptian" in the Suite Algérienne or in Africa, for piano and orchestra.

Opera in three acts


Music by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire

Production of the Teatro Colón of Buenos Aires

Chorus of Valencia

Principal Orchestra of the Teatro Real

Ballet of the Community of Madrid


Artistic team

Conductor | Luis Antonio García Navarro

Stage director, set, costume and lighting designer | Beni Montresor

Choreographer | Eduardo Lao

Lighting | José Luis Fiorruccio

Assistant to the stage director | Matías Cambiasso

Technical coordinator | Eduardo Caldirola

Répétiteurs | Patricia Bayer, Riccardo Bini, José Antonio Torres

Chorus master | Francisco Perales

Ballet director | Víctor Ullate




Samson | Plácido Domingo

Delilah | Carolyn Sebron

High Priest of Dagon | Alain Fondary

Abimélech | Jean-Philippe Courtis

Old Hebrew | Stefano Palatchi

Messenger | Santiago Sánchez Jericó

First Philistine | Ángel Rodríguez

Second Philistine | Francisco Santiago


Teatro Real
Federico Moreno Torroba
Jesús López Cobos, Emilio Sagi
Teatro Real
Giuseppe Verdi
Nicola Luisotti, Hugo de Ana
Richard Strauss
Luis Antonio García Navarro, Henning Brockhaus
Jules Massenet
Julius Rudel, Nicolas Joël
Teatro Real
Giuseppe Verdi
Nicola Luisotti, Leo Castaldi
Latvian National Opera
Various authors
Sesto Quatrini, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra