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In this live recording from 2009, Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila − a story of doomed love set against the backdrop of cultural conflict between Hebrews and Philistines − is reinterpreted to relate with the conflicts in today’s Middle East. ‘In our approach to this opera we tried to move away from the quasi-biblical interpretation, and to place the story in a contemporary context to explain its political meaning in today’s world,’ say the two directors, Israeli Omri Nitzan and Palestinian Amir Nizar Zuabi. In this production by Vlaamse Opera, the dramatic story of Saint-Saëns’ greatest opera is unfolded in all its tragic beauty.
Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila