Met Opera on Demand Catalog
Samson et Dalila
(Dec. 26, 1936)
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Librettist: Ferdinand Lemaire
Abravanel; Wettergren, Maison, Pinza
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 2 hrs. 2 min.
Mezzo-soprano Gertrud Wettergren is the legendary biblical temptress whose ensnares the strongest man in the world, Samson, only to leave him a helpless prisoner of his enemies. Belgian tenor René Maison blends superb French style with virile intensity to make this hero a truly tragic figure. The great singing actor Ezio Pinza brings dramatic depth to role of the High Priest of Dagon.