New-to-Chicago production Samson and Delilah

By Camille Saint-Saëns

  • Language - Sung in French with projected English titles
  • Running Time - 3 hours with 2 intermissions
  • Location - Lyric Opera House

Visual, musical, and vocal magnificence reigns onstage at Lyric in the retelling of this powerfully dramatic biblical tale. Behold Samson the Israelite, greatest of all heroes, a role made for a true heroic tenor. And behold Delilah, the Philistine temptress, who uses all her feminine allure to learn the secret of Samson’s might. Thus the stage is set for one of the most stupendous climactic scenes to be seen in an opera house. Along the way are sensuously beautiful melodies, including Delilah's mesmerizing “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” and a wild bacchanale that truly sets the stage ablaze with excitement.

Upcoming Dates
Full Calendar

January 2021

Saturday

01/23

7:30 PM

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Friday

01/29

7:00 PM

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February 2021

Monday

02/01

7:00 PM

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Thursday

02/04

2:00 PM

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Sunday

02/07

2:00 PM

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Wednesday

02/10

7:00 PM

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Saturday

02/13

7:30 PM

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Meet the artists

Clémentine Margaine

Delilah

Brandon Jovanovich

Samson

Quinn Kelsey+

High Priest

Reginald Smith, Jr.

Abimélech

Önay Köse

Old Hebrew

Emmanuel Villaume

Conductor

Elijah Moshinsky

Original Director

Peter McClintock

Revival Director

Richard Hudson

Designer

Duane Schuler

Lighting Designer

Michael Black

Chorus Master

Graeme Murphy*

Original Choreographer

Marcus Bugler

Revival Choreographer

+ Ryan Opera Center alumnus 



This production premiered at The Metropolitan Opera on February 13, 1998. All scenery, properties, and costumes constructed by The Metropolitan Opera shops.

Production photos: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera