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Lucie Stern Theatre
1305 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, CA 94301
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from Tony B

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

reviewed Oct 14 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Karen Moresco Busch

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

reviewed Oct 16 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Tatiana

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

reviewed Oct 22 2011 report as inappropriate
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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

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