Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met

BroadwayWorld has a first look at SAMON ET DALILA at The Met Opera! Check out photos of the Darko Tresnjak directed production below!

When mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns's biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

The opera had its first performance at the Met in 1895, with the title roles taken
by Francesco Tamagno (Verdi's first Otello) and Eugenia Mantelli. Many mezzosopranos
have made memorable impressions as Dalila at the Met, including
Risë Stevens (32 performances between 1940 and 1958), Grace Bumbry (1971-
72), Shirley Verrett (1981-90), Olga Borodina (1998-2006), and Denyce Graves
(1998-2005). Among the great tenors who have appeared as Samson include
Enrico Caruso (33 performances from 1915 to 1920), Giovanni Martinelli (1922-
37), Ramón Vinay (1949-56), Mario Del Monaco (1958), Jon Vickers (1965-87),
and Plácido Domingo (33 performances from 1990 to 2001). Darko Tresnjak's
new production, which marks the fourth time that the opera has opened the
Met season, stars Roberto Alagna and El¯?na Garan ?ca in the lead roles, with Sir
Mark Elder conducting.

For tickets and more visit https://www.metopera.org/season/2018-19-season/samson-et-dalila/

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
A scene from the Act III Bacchanale in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Elchin Azizov as Abimélech in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Laurent Naouri as the High Priest in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Laurent Naouri as the High Priest in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila and Laurent Naouri as the High Priest in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and Elchin Azizov as Abimélech in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and Dmitry Belosselskiy as the Old Hebrew in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
A scene from the Act III Bacchanale in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson in Act I of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and Elchin Azizov as Abimélech in Act I of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
A scene from Act I of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila" with ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila and Roberto Alagna (back to camera) as Samson.

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Act II of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
A scene from the Bacchanale in Act III of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Laurent Naouri as the High Priest, Roberto Alagna as Samson, and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Act III of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson and ElÄ«na GaranÄ?a as Dalila in Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson in Act III of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met
Roberto Alagna as Samson in Act III of Saint-Saëns's "Samson et Dalila."

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met

Photo Flash: Darko Tresnjak's SAMSON ET DALILA at The Met

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