K Event: Samson et Dalila at K-Cineplex
The Epic Biblical Operatic Tale Broadcasting Live from The Metropolitan Opera
Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila will serve as the grand reunion of mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna, who are performing in the title roles of this biblical three-act-operatic tale for this season, after they last joined forces in the acclaimed 2010 transmission of Bizet’s Carmen at the Met which had electrifying results. Darko Tresnjak who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014, will be making his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring monumental settings. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.
The source of the famous opera is Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges in the Old Testament, which recites one of the world’s great stories of love and passion between Samson and Dalila—as well as the archetypal depiction of a man betrayed by an immoral woman.
The second act’s love scene is one of the set pieces that define French opera. Notably, Delilah’s "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" aria is one of the most popular recital pieces in the mezzo-soprano/contralto repertoire history.
Samson represents the saviour of the Hebrews of Gaza who are enslaved by the people of Philistia around 1150 BC. The High Priest of Dagon—god to the Philistines—devices a plan to entrap Samson, who had freed the Hebrews and was organising a revolt against the Philistines, by using Delilah to find out his source of strength, in other words his weak spot. Thus, the central theme of the opera revolves around the interaction between Samson and Delilah from their very first encounter to the climax of the third act when Samson is imprisoned by the Philistines due to her betrayal, which then leads to a dramatic outcome.
Do not miss out on this captivating, lyrical experience. Book your tickets now online or get them at any K-Cineplex cinema today!