Samson et Dalila
Opera in three acts (1877/1892)
The literary source for Ferdinand Lemaire’s libretto was the Old Testament’s Book of Judges, which tells of the Israelite’s oppression in Palestinian Gaza. The opera, which premiered in Weimar in 1877 under the baton of Franz Liszt, is one of the most popular Romantic French-language operas, with its lyrical descriptions and great choral tableaux. Despite its successful premiere in German translation, Saint-Saëns did not achieve his breakthrough with »Samson et Dalila« until 1890, and then only indirectly, in his native France. This work is now restaged by the Argentine film director and screenwriter Damián Szifron, whose film »Wild Tales« was nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Foreign Language Film in 2015.
Supported by Britta Lohan Gedächtnisstiftung