Afternoon at the Opera

Samson et Dalila

the stage set

From The Met website

Following triumphant performances in Aida and Adriana Lecouvreur earlier this season, mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili gives a “commanding … exhilarating” (New York Times) performance as the seductive Dalila, opposite tenor Gregory Kunde, who sings Samson with “strong, focused tone and … genuine nobility” (New York Times). Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid staging of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years