Saint-Saëns' Samson and Delilah

Omri Nitzan, Amir Nizar Zuabi (stage directors), Tomáš Netopil (conductor) – With Torsten Kerl (Samson) Marianna Tarasova (Dalila) – Opéra de Flandre

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Omri Nitzan — Stage director

Amir Nizar Zuabi — Stage director

Symphonic orchestra of Flanders Opera

Choir of Flanders Opera

Tomáš Netopil

Torsten Kerl — Samson

Marianna Tarasova — Dalila

Nicola Mijalovič — High Priest of Dagon

Milcho Borovinov — Abimélech, Satrap of Gaza

Tijl Faveyts — And old Hebrew

Thorsten Büttner — First Philistine

Onno Pels — Second Philistine

Gijs Van der Linden — Messenger

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Staged by the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp in 2009, Saint-Saëns's Samson and Delilah—a story of doomed love set against the backdrop of cultural conflict between Hebrews and Philistines—is relocated to the contemporary Middle East. Directors Omri Nitzan and Amir Nizar Zuabi explore the tensions between different nations and religions, and the complex oppressor-oppressed relationship. "We tried to move away from the quasi-biblical interpretation,” say Nitzan and Zuabi, “and to place the story in today's world to explain its political aspects better.... Acts of terror by a state will lead to acts of terror against a state, which in turn will lead to more terror by the state and this completes the vicious circle."

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