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Watch Saint-Saëns’s epic based on the tale of Samson and Delilah, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
“Samson et Dalila” premieres Sun, March 24 at 12/11c on PBS.
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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.