Samson et Dalila
As a duet, Roberto Alagna and Marie-Nicole Lemieux will make spiritual and sensual sparks fly.
Roberto Alagna © Jean-Baptiste Millot et Marie-Nicole Lemieux © Manuel Cohen
Nicholas Carter © Annette Koroll
Roberto Alagna Samson
Marie-Nicole Lemieux Dalila
Laurent Naouri High Priest
Alexander Tsymbalyuk Abimélech
Renaud Delaigue Old Hebrew
Loïc Félix Philistine Messenger
Jérémy Duffau First Philistine
Yuri Kissin Second Philistine
Nicholas Carter direction
Orchestre National de France
Chœur de Radio France direction Martina Batič
Along with Faust by Gounod and Carmen by Bizet, Samson and Delilah is one of the most popular operas in the French repertoire. The libretto, based on scripture, explores the love-hate relationship between Samson and the temptress Delilah. Religion and passion are intertwined in an irresistible blend with majestic choral frescos. The particularly lush orchestration is full of subtle perfumes conjuring up the voluptuous East. Roberto Alagna has already given us a glimpse of a strong Samson in recital, but he will sing it for the first time here in full. Delilah is in the Carmen mode and we can’t wait to hear Marie-Nicole Lemieux in this role, which is seductive and evil in equal measure, as she knows how to deploy a full range of emotions without ever overdoing it. A double dose of treachery and voluptuousness will be in store tonight.
Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées / Les Grandes Voix / Radio France
Sung in French with French subtitles
France Musique broadcasts these concerts.