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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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Cast

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

Program notes

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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Directed by:
Willy Vanduren
Venue: Flanders Opera (Antwerp, Belgium)
Production date: 2009
Recording date: 2009
Duration: 2 h 1 min
Production: © VRT Cultuur voor / Canvas