Samson et Dalila - Schedule, Program & Tickets

Samson et Dalila

Opera in three acts and four scenes (1877)

Camille Saint-Saëns
Ferdinand Lemaire

In French

Philippe Jordan
Damiano Michieletto

Anita Rachvelishvili
Aleksandrs Antonenko
Le Grand Prêtre de Dagon
Egils Silins
Nicolas Testé
Un vieillard hébreu
Nicolas Cavallier
Un Messager philistin
John Bernard
Premier Philistin
Luca Sannai
Deuxième Philistin
Jian-Hong Zhao

Set design
Paolo Fantin
Costume design
Carla Teti
Lighting design
Alessandro Carletti
Chorus master
José Luis Basso

Coproduction with the Metropolitan Opera, New York

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris

French and English surtitles


"Strip the invulnerable shield from his heart and discover the secret of his strength."
Samson et Dalila, Acte II, scène 2

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). Based on a violent and erotic biblical story, Saint-Saëns’s opera – composed in 1877, much to Liszt’s insistence – would not be performed at the Palais Garnier until fifteen years later. This first Parisian performance in 1892 included the hitherto unperformed “Dance Of The Priestesses”. Nevertheless, it became one of the most performed French operas in the world, together with Faust and Carmen. Conducted by Philippe Jordan, this new production brings back a repertoire masterpiece that has not been performed at the Paris Opera for twenty-five years. Ever sensational as a femme fatale, Anita Rachvelishvili plays the murderous Priestess in a production staged by Damiano Michieletto.

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