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Work: Samson et Dalila

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ComposerSaint-Saëns, Camille (1835-1921)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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WashingtonSamson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
John Fiore; Peter Kazaras; Washington National Opera; Erhard Rom; Michael Scott-Mitchell; Eric Sean Fogel

ViennaSamson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Frédéric Chaslin; Alexandra Liedtke; Vienna State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Su Bühler; José Cura; Anita Rachvelishvili

InnsbruckSamson et Dalila (konzertant)

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Kerem Hasan; Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck; Michael D. Zimmermann; Viktor Antipenko; Nadia Krasteva; Ivan Krutikov

OrangeSamson et Dalila / Saint-Saëns

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Yves Abel; Jean-Louis Grinda; Ballet de l'Opéra Grand Avignon; Agostino Arrivabene; Roberto Alagna; Marie-Nicole Lemieux
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Why, why, why Dalila? More disappointment at Unter den Linden

Brandon Jovanovich (Samson) and Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Matthias Baus
Daniel Barenboim conducts an underwhelming cast in the Staatsoper's new Samson et Dalila, and Argentinian director Damián Szifron's operatic debut is stale and cliché-ridden. 
**111
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JPYA unite for a golden afternoon at Covent Garden

Il barbiere di Siviglia; Dominic Sedgwick (Figaro) © ROH 2019 | Clive Barda
The young singers spin any raw material into opera gold, sending the audience home as uplifted as if they’d just glugged a bellyful of Pimm’s.
****1
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A chiaroscuro-free, shiny Samson et Dalila at The Met

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The Met's new season opens with a new Samson et Dalila only marginally more trashy than Saint-Saëns’ peculiar brand of kitschy orientalism.
***11
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Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: Samson et Dalila

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Saint-Saëns' exotic dip into the Bible is given a cool update in Alexandra Liedtke's new production at the Wiener Staatsoper.
***11
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Cecil B DeMille in China for Samson et Dalila

Gregory Kunde (Samson) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
Kitsch and grand-opera in Hugo de Ana's production of Samson et Dalila in Turin.
**111
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