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Washington National Opera: Samson and Delilah
With superhuman strength and unmatched feats, Samson has everything it takes to free the enslaved Hebrews from the Philistines, their oppressors. But his enemies possess a weapon that can bring the warrior to his knees: the beautiful and irresistible Delilah. When Delilah seduces Samson into revealing the source of his physical power, his faith will be put to a final, catastrophic test.
This vivid staging of the iconic tale of love and betrayal features a lavish production and sumptuous period costumes, set against the tumultuous backdrop of two clashing nations. Saint-Saënss famous opera soars with some of the most splendid vocal music in French grand opera, including Delilahs bewitching Mon cur souvre à ta voix (My heart opens itself to your voice) aria known around the world. From the provocative Bacchanale dance to the epic finale, Samson and Delilah depicts the danger of tenderness laced with deceit.