A Downfall of Biblical Proportions

Samson and Delilah

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire
Premiered December 2, 1877, Ducal Theatre, Weimar

Opera Colorado closes the season with Saint-Saëns’s operatic take on the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. Samson, leader of the Hebrews, is a man of super-human strength. He has one true weakness, and it’s the sultry Delilah’s job to discover it and ensure victory for the Philistines. Indulge in a performance of stunning visuals, epic dance, and some of opera’s most gorgeously evocative music culminating in a finale that literally brings the house down.

May 4, 7, 10, 12 | 2024

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex
Performed in French, with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.

Estimated Length:  2 hours, and 10 minutes

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Set Designer Peter Dean Beck
Scenery provided by Pittsburgh Opera

Costumes provided by Sarasota Opera Association, Inc.


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Rafael Davila

Samson | Bio

Katharine Goeldner

Delilah | Bio

Nmon Ford

High Priest of Dagon | Bio

Christian Zaremba

Abimelech | Bio

Creative Team

Headshot of Ari Pelto

Ari Pelto

Conductor | Bio

Sahar Nouri

Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor | Bio

Keturah Stickann

Director | Bio

Rachael Harding

Choreographer | Bio

The Ellie Caulkins Opera House

Samson and Delilah

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  • 2024