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 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 her people. 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, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
May 7, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
May 10, 2024 at 7:30 p.m.
May 12, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. (Mother’s Day!)

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 38 minutes

*Join us one hour prior to each performance at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for a free and insightful pre-performance lecture.

Set Designer Peter Dean Beck
Scenery provided by Pittsburgh Opera

Costumes provided by Sarasota Opera Association, Inc.

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As we present Samson and Delilah this spring, we want to acknowledge its historical and biblical context. The opera explores themes of love, betrayal, and human struggles. While conflicts between groups are portrayed, our production does not take a direct political stance on contemporary Middle East issues. Our goal is to present a work of art that prompts reflection and appreciation for its rich musical and historical origins. Opera Colorado upholds the importance of our shared existence and rejection of any form of discrimination based on race, religion, or beliefs.



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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