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San Diego Opera’s ‘Samson And Delilah’

Bringing The House Down

Above: Backstage at the San Diego Opera's "Samson and Delilah."

Aired 2/11/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Ian Campbell, General and Artistis Director, San Diego Opera

Lesley Koenig, Director, "Samson and Delilah"


"Samson and Delilah" returns to the San Diego Opera this weekend and as you might expect, the scale is Biblical.

Sometimes you just need to do something big. "Samson and Delilah" at the San Diego Opera is shaping up to be something of Biblical proportions. The opera retells the famous Bible story about the physically strong Samson who cannot resist the advances of the seductive Delilah. She discovers the source of his strength, his hair, which she cuts, rendering him powerless. Captured and blinded, Samson calls on God for forgiveness, and ends up destroying the temple and all within it.

Credit: San Diego Opera

The San Diego Opera brings back "Samson and Delilah."

The San Diego Opera mounted a production of Camille Saint-Saëns' 19th century opera, "Samson and Delilah," back in 2007. Some things will be the same this time around, most notably American tenor Clifton Forbis returns as Samson, and the look will echo the earlier production. But Mezzo-soprano Nadia Krasteva will be new to San Diego audiences in the role of Delilah, and Lesley Koenig will be the new director.

"Samson and Delilah" runs February 16, 19, 22, and 24 at the San Diego Civic Theater. It will also be broadcast live on February 16 on KPBS. Check out the KPBS opera page. You can see a behind the scenes video of the work that goes into building the enormous sets this Friday on Evening Edition.

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