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Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
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"Samson et Dalila"
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4.3 average rating
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55 events
27 reviews
7 stars
attended Oct 14 2011

Incredible production in a local theater. Orchestra was superb, costumes and staging great. The three hours just slipped away. A great evening.

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16 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 16 2011

This was my first introduction to Samson et Dalila.
Having said that, I must say I was not impressed by the opera itself. The orchestra, chorus and lead singers were great: they impressed me. So, perhaps it was the direction or the opera itself...continued

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2 reviews
1 stars
attended Oct 22 2011

Bondage, Chains, Courage, Faith, Freedom, Passion, Strength, Weakness, Love, Betrayal.....Samson et Dalila...

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A late romantic French grand opera, it is the biblical story of Samson, the warrior whose secret of invincibility resided in his long hair. Falling madly in love with Delilah (a most coveted mezzo role with great arias), he reveals to her his secret. She betrays him, cutting off his hair in his sleep and turning him over to the Philistines who enslave and blind him. Mocked and derided during an orgiastic celebration at the temple of Dagon, Samson implores God for a last grant of his erstwhile strength and with it he brings down the temple, massacring the Philistines. Presented in collaboration with Kunst-Stuff ballet company.

General Director :  José Luis Moscovich

Conductor :  José Luis Moscovich

Director :  Ragnar Conde

Choreographer :  Yannis Adoniou

Cast —

Samson :  Percy Martinez

Dalila :  Cybele Gouverneur*

Grand Priest of Dagon :  David Cox

Old Hebrew :  Carlos Aguilar

Abimelech :  Matthew Lovell

First Philistine :  Daniel Galpin

  • First appearance with West Bay Opera

About the Ticket Supplier: West Bay Opera

Performing both the familiar and the adventurous, West Bay Opera seeks to please and challenge singers and audiences with three productions per season, one each in October, February, and May. The repertoire includes standard popular works, lesser-known operas and operettas, and occasionally operas by modern composers. Some of West Bay Opera’s greatest successes result from undertaking formidable artistic challenges. Past accomplishments include Bellini’s rarely-performed Norma, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the original Russian, and Wagner’s Der Fliegende Holländer. The principal consideration is always to give talented young opera singers an opportunity to perform challenging roles and, in turn, to give audiences the pleasure of hearing these singers on their way to fame.