Premieres nationwide Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings)
Season 13 of Great Performances at the Met continues Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with Saint-Saëns’s epic Samson et Dalila. Based on the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah from the Book of Judges, the opera stars Elīna Garanča and Roberto Alagna in the title roles alongside Laurent Naouri, Elchin Azizov, and Dmitry Belosselskiy. Sir Mark Elder conducts.
Darko Tresnjak’s production is set in 1150 BC, where the mighty Samson fights vigilantly to free the ancient Israelites from their bondage underthe Philistines. The High Priest of Dagon, angry with Samson after he kills the Philistine governor Ambimélech, plots to destroy Samson by utilizing the beauty of his former lover, Dalila. A passionate Samson falls prey to Dalila’s seduction, causing the secret to his superhuman strength, his long hair, to be revealed. After being ambushed by the Philistines, a weakened and vulnerable Samson must face the High Priest of Dagon and perform the ultimate sacrifice to save his people. Susan Graham hosts.
National: Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. on PBS
New York metro area: Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. on THIRTEEN
Elīna Garanča – Dalila
Roberto Alagna – Samson
Laurent Naouri – High Priest of Dagon
Elchin Azizov – Ambimélech
Dmitry Belosselskiy – The Old Hebrew
Susan Graham – hosts
Run time: 2.5 hours
Sir Mark Elder – Conductor
Darko Tresnjak – Production
Alexander Dodge – Set Designer
Donald Holder – Lighting Designer
Austin McCormick – Choreographer
For the Met, Gary Halvorson directs the telecast. David Frost is Music Producer. Mia Bongiovanni and Elena Park are Supervising Producers, and Louisa Briccetti and Victoria Warivonchik are Producers. Peter Gelb is Executive Producer. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer; David Horn is Executive Producer.
Corporate support for Great Performances at the Met is provided by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Major funding for the Met Opera presentation is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. This Great Performances presentation is funded by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation and public television viewers.
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