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Opera on 3

Synopsis

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Live from the Met: Samson et Dalila
Sex and religion are the driving forces in Saint-Saens's opera based on the biblical story from the Book of Judges. Samson is the hero who fights, but eventually gives in to, the feminine wiles of Dalila. But when he's taken prisoner to the pagan temple of Dagon, Samson prays to God to restore his strength and wreaks a terrible revenge. Presented by Margaret Juntwait.
New York Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, conductor Bertrand de Billy Act1
7.20 Interval: A Map of Manhattan
Biographer and journalist Barry Miles describes the importance to his life and work of the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan and some of its extraordinary residents.
7.45 Act 2
8.30 Interval: The Met Opera Quiz
Steven Blier puts listeners' questions to Henry Fogel , Stuart Hamilton and Phillip Gainsley.
Send questions to Met Opera Quiz, FDR Station, PO Box 805, New York, NY 10150, or via bbc.co.uk/radio3
9.00 Act 3

Contributors

Presented By: Margaret Juntwait.
Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
Unknown: Barry Miles
Unknown: Steven Blier
Unknown: Henry Fogel
Unknown: Stuart Hamilton
Unknown: Phillip Gainsley.
Dalila: Denyce Graves(mezzo)
Samson: Jose Cura(tenor)
High Priest: Jean-Philippe Lafont(baritone)
Abimelech: James Courtney(bass)
The Old Hebrew: Robert Lloyd(bass)
1st Philistine: Bernard Fitch(tenor)
2nd Philistine: Richard Hobson(baritone)
Messenger: Tony Stevenson(tenor)






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