Camille Saint-Saëns

Samson and Delilah

concert version opera 12 premiere

Concert performance in three acts, in French, with Hungarian and English surtitles

To this day, Samson et Delila has proved its lasting power, together with Faust and Carmen, as one of the most popular French operas. Nearly 150 years after its world premiere, this biblically themed work flowing with sensuality that the Scriptures would in all certainty condemn still has a special magic. And the subject does indeed come from the Scriptures: using the Book of Judges from the Old Testament as his source, Ferdinand Lemaire wrote a stage play about Delila’s seduction of Samson, conducted with the sole purpose of learning the secret of his strength. Composer Camille Saint-Saëns brought to life monumental oratorio-like frescos with shadings of Gounod and Meyerbeer, along with further hues, in certain places, of nearly Wagnerian sensuality to depict Delila’s wild enticements. Coming to life in scenes of surging force is an irresistible mixture of religion and seduction.

Leif Segerstam
Attila Fekete Gregory Kunde
Erika Gál
The High Priest of Dagon
Alexandru Agache
András Palerdi
First Philistine
Donát Varga
Second Philistine
András Kiss
A Philistine Messenger
Gergely Biri
The Old Hebrew
Géza Gábor