Opéra de Paris

Samson et Dalila

In Cinemas 25, 26, 27 & 30 Nov 2016
Philippe Jordan
Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Paris
Anita Rachvelishvili, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Egils Silins, Nicolas Testé
Camille Saint-Saëns
Damiano Michieletto
Set Design
Paolo Fantin
3h15 incl. 2 intervals
Sung in French, with English subtitles
Captured live from Opera Bastille, Paris 13 Oct 2016
Official Event Listing
  • Worth the wait. From the marvelous beginning we understand that Philippe Jordan has set the bar very high... A masterful direction that revives with brilliance the flesh and the breath of this music too forgotten.
    Marie-Aude Roux, LE MONDE

New Production! Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this new production of Saint-Saëns' searing opera, based on a violent and erotic bible story, brings back a repertoire masterpiece that has not been performed at the Paris Opera for twenty-five years.

Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera. “My heart awakens to your voice like a flower to the kiss of dawn.” An enchanting yet treacherous beauty… When the thunder at last rumbles, Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies: “Come up, for this time he has shown me all his heart”, she whispers to them in the night (The Old Testament, Book of Judges).

Ever sensational as a femme fatale, Anita Rachvelishvili will play the murderous Dalila to Alexandrs Antonenko's Samson in this new production by the always innovative Damiano Michieletto

Screening at all locations, excl. Riverside. Due to venue refurbishment, Balwyn will screen Sat/Sun only for this production.

Opéra de Paris

Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.

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