SAMSON ET DALILA
The opera Samson et Dalila is based on the biblical story of Samson in the Book of Judges. Saint-Saëns created a work, which focuses on only one excerpt from the biblical story: the love story. Dramaturgically, the focus of the original story was thus shifted towards a romantic drama, which borders on questions about society and freedom, faith and calling. As so often, the composer was again interested in the lonely space around the protagonists – a subject close to his heart. After roughly a quarter century this French masterpiece is included in the schedule of the Wiener Staatsoper once again.