Samson et Dalila

More info on Samson et Dalila

Composer:

Camille Saint-Saëns

Librettist:

Ferdinand Lemaire

Premiere:

2 December 1877,Weimar (Grand Ducal Theatre)

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Samson et Dalila Synopsis

Libretto:

Samson et Dalila Libretto

Translation(s):

Deutsch

About the opera Samson et Dalila

Samson and Delilah (French: Samson et Dalila), Op. 47, is a grand opera in three acts and four scenes by Camille Saint-Saëns to a French libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire. It was first performed in Weimar at the Grossherzogliches (Grand Ducal) Theater (now the Staatskapelle Weimar) on 2 December 1877 in a German translation.
The opera is based on the Biblical tale of Samson and Delilah found in Chapter 16 of the Book of Judges in the Old Testament. It is the only opera by Saint-Saëns that is regularly performed. The second act love scene in Delilah's tent is one of the set pieces that define French opera. Two of Delilah's arias are particularly well known: "Printemps qui commence" and "Mon cÅ“ur s'ouvre à  ta voix" ("My heart opens itself to your voice", also known as "Softly awakes my heart"), the latter of which is one of the most popular recital pieces in the mezzo-soprano/contralto repertoire.
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Roles in Samson et Dalila

Samson Tenor
Dalila Mezzo-Soprano
High Priest of Dagon Baritone
Abimélech Bass
First Philistine Tenor
Second Philistine Bass
Philistine Messenger Tenor
Old Hebrew Bass

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All scenes from Samson et Dalila

Arias from Samson et Dalila
Duets from Samson et Dalila

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Qui donc elève ici la voix?

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest
2Ce Dieu que votre voix implore

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Abimélech
3Maudite a jamais soit la race

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: French

Roles: Abimélech
4Israel romps ta chaine

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Samson
5L'as tu donc oublie?

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Samson
6Je viens celebrer la victoire

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: trioVoice: T Mz BrLanguage: French

Roles: Samson/Dalila/High Priest
7Printemps qui commence

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
8Arretez o mes freres

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Samson
9Il faut pour assouvir ma haine

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: duetVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: High Priest/Dalila
10Amour viens aider ma faiblesse

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
11Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Dalila
12Vois ma misere helas

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: French

Roles: Samson
13J'ai gravi la montagne

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct:

Type: Voice: Language: French

Roles:
14Bacchanale

Opera: Samson et DalilaComposer: Saint-SaënsAct:

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: French

Roles: