Mixing The Ancient And Modern: Samson et Dalila At The Met, Part One

Director Darko Tresnjak brought spectacle to Jerusalem at about 150 BC in The Metropolitan Opera's production of Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila.

Set in Gaza, a capital of ancient Philistia, and in the foothill country toward Jerusalem at about 150 BC, Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila follows the biblical tale of a man who is seduced and betrayed. Director Darko Tresnjak didn’t change the time or place for his production of the epic opera for the Metropolitan Opera, but he did integrate modern elements. And his focus? Spectacle. 

Click through the slideshow to learn more about Donald Holder's lighting, Alexander Dodge's sets, and Linda Cho's costumes. Stay tuned for more in Part Two.

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