SAINT-SAENS Samson Et Dalila. Jose Cura, Julia Gertseva, Stefan Stoll, Orchestra and Choir Of The Badisches Staatstheater / Jochem Hochstenbach. Arthaus Musik DVD

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CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

Samson Et Dalila

LIVE RECORDING FROM THE BADISCHES STAATSTHEATER, 2010

Samson José Cura

Dalila Julia Gertseva

The High Priest of Dagon Stefan Stoll

Orchestra And Choir Of The Badisches Staatstheater / Jochem Hochstenbach

Stage Directed by José Cura

Set Design by José Cura

In this saga of hatred and holy war, of power and desire, there is no victor and no truth. The god-like is diminished, power restricted, taboos are broken, love betrayed. Only the composer can afford uninterrupted pathos in the wonderful duet of Samson and Dalila in the second act, which misleads us to believe in a moving story of love. Perhaps it truly is. The story of Samson is contradictory, it is human. Camille Saint-Saëns completed the work in 1876, but was only able to bring about its first performance in 1877 through the mediation of his friend Franz Liszt – with pre-eminent success – in Weimar. In France, where the elements of oratorio and the influence of Wagner were not well received, the first performance would not follow for another 13 years.

Samson et Dalila ranks among the masterpieces of 19th century French Opera - and among the showpieces favoured by the Argentine tenor José Cura. In the recorded production he saw himself celebrated on stage as a unified three-in-one: eponymous hero, director and stage designer.

“… a much celebrated triumph, an exceptional project that lent wings to the theatre’s ensemble and created an artistic result that could do credit to any international operatic stage …” Das Opernglas

Cura’s concept proves mos effective in showing that the perpetual cycle of oppression of one people by another in the name of God persists to this day.” Orpheus

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language),

GB, DE, ES, IT, Korean

Running Time: 125 mins

FSK: 12

Region Code: 0

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