Washington National Opera

Samson and Delilah

Opera House

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.

Mar. 1 - 21, 2020

  • Genre

    Opera

  • Price Range

    $45.00 – $299.00

  • Runtime

    Approx. 3 hours

Photo by Cade Martin.

Program

Her will is more powerful than his strength.

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.

Performance Timing: Act One – 46 mins.; Intermission - 25 mins.; Act Two – 42 mins.; Intermission - 25 mins.; Act Three – 38 mins.

Cast

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

* WNO Debut

Creative Team

Pre- and Post-Show Events

Come early for a Pre-Performance Talk

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.

Post-Performance Artist Q&A

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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