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“Samson et Dalila” Starring Roberto Alagna

The Metropolitan Opera presents Camille Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, starring Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanča in the title roles. Now the only one of the composer’s 12 operas to be regularly performed, it premiered in Weimar, Germany, in 1877 and didn’t receive its full Paris debut until 1890 due to audience discomfort with staging biblical content. In its dramatic final scene, Samson destroys the Temple of Dagon, crushing himself and his enemies. The Met’s first new production of the work in two decades melds antiquity with elements of contemporary fashion and architecture. Tony Award–winner Darko Tresnjak directs; Sir Mark Elder conducts.