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SAINT-SAENS: Samson et Dalila (DVD)

SAINT-SAENS: Samson et Dalila (DVD)

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Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
Samson: Torsten Kerl, Dalila: Marianna Tarasova, Le Grand-Prêtre de Dagon: Nikola Mijailovic, Abimélech: Milcho Borovinov, Un vieillard hébreu: Tijl Faveyts
Symphony Orchestra and Choir of Vlaaamse Opera Antwerp/Ghent
Tomáš Netopil

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.

Region code
Picture format NTSC 16:9
Sound format
PCM Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
dts 5.1
Release April 1, 2011
Total running time 135 mins
Details running time 121 mins, 15 mins (Bonus)
Subtitles English, German, French, Dutch
Booklet notes English, French, German
No. of discs 1
Recording 2009
Bonus The Making of Samson et Dalila, including interviews with the production team and Torsten Kerl
Bonus subtitles English


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