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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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LondonSamson et DalilaNew production

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Sir Antonio Pappano; Richard Jones; The Royal Opera; Hyemi Shin; Nicky Gillibrand; Andreas Fuchs; Nicky Spence

ParisInspirations d'Orient

Saint-Saëns, Delibes, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dada
Orchestre Symphonique Divertimento; Frédéric Pineau; Ensemble Amedyez; Rachid Brahim-Djelloul; Académie Divertimento; Chœurs d'entreprises

NaplesSamson et Dalila

Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Dan Ettinger; Damián Szifron; Teatro di San Carlo; Etienne Pluss; Gesine Völlm; Olaf Freese; Brian Jagde
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WNO's Samson et Dalila shows how sweet love's poison can sound

Strong singing but a stellar orchestra and staging make for a riveting production at the Kennedy Center. 
****1
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Why, why, why Dalila? More disappointment at Unter den Linden

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

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

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

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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