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Washington National Opera: Samson and Delilah

Sunday, March 1, 2020 - Saturday, March 21, 2020

Washington National Opera

Seduction and deceit tangle in Saint-Saëns’s sensual grand opera. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test.


$45.00 - $299.00

Run Time

Running Time: TBA


Her will is more powerful than his strength.

Samson and Delilah
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns / Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
In French with Projected English Titles
WNO production

With superhuman strength and unmatched feats, Samson has everything it takes to free the enslaved Hebrews from the Philistines, their oppressors. But his enemies possess a weapon that can bring the warrior to his knees: the beautiful and irresistible Delilah. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test.

This vivid staging of the iconic tale of love and betrayal features a lavish production and sumptuous period costumes, set against the tumultuous backdrop of two clashing nations. Saint-Saëns’s famous opera soars with some of the most splendid vocal music in French grand opera, including Delilah’s bewitching “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” (“My heart opens itself to your voice”) aria known around the world. From the provocative Bacchanale dance to the epic finale, Samson and Delilah depicts the danger of tenderness laced with deceit.

Come early to interact with real props and costumes! 
WNO’s Touch Cart will be open one hour prior to the performances on Mar. 4 & 13.


J’Nai Bridges*
Roberto Aronica*
High Priest:
Noel Bouley*
The Old Hebrew:
Peter Volpe
Tómas Tómasson*


John Fiore*
Peter Kazaras
Associate Director and Choreographer:
Eric Sean Fogel
Scenic Design:
Erhard Rom
Costume Design:
Michael Scott
Lighting Designer:
Robert Wierzel
Projection Design:
S. Katy Tucker

* WNO Debut


Join a free lecture before every Opera House production and Blue! Delve deeper as you take a peek inside the composer’s mind, behind the scenes of planning a production, and into the history and social context of each opera. These lectures are free, but patrons must present a ticket from any performance of the production that is being discussed in the lecture.

Most Pre-Performance Talks begin 1 hour before the performance and last 25–30 minutes. Musicologist Saul Lilienstein’s talk is scheduled for Wed., Mar. 4, beginning 1 hour and 15 minutes before the performance and lasting 35–40 minutes.


Don't miss your opportunity to engage directly with our artists and share your thoughts on the experience you just had! Here's your chance to ask questions and get the inside scoop on the production from members of the cast and creative team.
All discussions begin immediately after the performance and are free with your ticket.

Samson and Delilah Artist Q&A Dates:
Sun., Mar. 1
Mon., Mar. 16

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