Saint-Saens - Samson et Dalila (Blu-ray)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OABD7315D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 26th January 2024
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Pious restraint comes face to face with sensuous hedonism in Camille Saint-SaŽnsís grand-opera retelling of the Bible story of Samson and Delilah.
Multi-Olivier Award-winning director Richard Jones returns to The Royal Opera to stage this spectacular fin-de-siŤcle masterpiece, not performed at Covent Garden since 2004. Elīna Garanča stars as the Philistine Dalila, SeokJong Baek as the inspiring Jewish hero Samson and Antonio Pappano conducts the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. With superb singing in solos and duets of great intimacy and fervour, gorgeous music with thrilling orchestral interludes, and splendid choral numbers for the Royal Opera Chorus Ė this is a performance to remember.
ďSeokJong Baek ... makes a mightily impressive Royal Opera stage debut. Conducted by Antonio Pappano, the orchestra relishes the melodious score without wallowing in its lushness, however great the temptation.Ē Ė The Guardian
ďElīna Garančaís performance in Saint-SaŽnsís opera smoulders with vindictive passion. Music director Antonio Pappano draws huge power and passion from Saint-SaŽnsís score and at the final reckoning his faith in the music is the religion that carries the day here.Ē Ė The Financial Times
ď... a surging biblical epic with star turns ... Richard Jonesí entertaining new Royal Opera staging ...Ē Ė The Times ★★★★
- Samson: SeokJong Baek
- Dalila: Elīna Garanča
- High Priest: Łukasz Goliński
- First Philistine: Alan Pingarrůn
- Second Philistine: Chuma Sijeqa
- Messenger: Thando Mjandana
- Abimťlech: Blaise Malaba
- Samsonís Rabbi: Goderdzi Janelidze
Director: Richard Jones
Set designer: Hyemi Shin
Costume designer: Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting designer: Andreas Fuchs
Choreography and movement director: Lucy Burge
Duration: approx. 145 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 + DTS-HD Master Audio Surround
Subtitles: EN, FR, DE, JP, KO
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