Kyle Van Schoonhoven
General Director & Principal Conductor
Costumer, Allison Collins
Wig and Make-up Design, Martha Ruskai
Technical Director, Wilbert Ferguson
The Story of Samson et Dalila
Grand Opera in Three Acts and Four Scenes
Libretto by Ferdinand Lemaire, inspired by the book of Judges
First performance, December 2, 1877, the Hoftheater at Weimar.
Know Before You Go!
“Samson and Delilah, opera by Camille Saint-Saëns that premiered in Weimar on December 2, 1877, having previously been rejected in Paris for its portrayal of biblical subject matter. Its exotic and suggestive “Bacchanale,” the opera’s best-known excerpt, is often performed in concerts as an instrumental arrangement.
Dramatizing the life of Samson, the legendary strongman, and Delilah, the woman who seduced and betrayed him, the opera builds to a violent conclusion, in that Samson is crushed along with his foes when he pulls down a temple around them. Staging grandiose scenes such as the temple’s fall and the opera’s mass dances has long provided a technical challenge for directors.
The final act features the “Bacchanale,” a showpiece in which Delilah leads a wild and provocative dance to taunt Samson. The piece opens with a sensuous oboe solo before a steady pulse develops in the orchestra itself. Over that pulse, light woodwinds and strings carry the dance theme forward, with percussion emphasizing the action.”
Schwarm, Betsy. “Samson and Delilah”. Encyclopedia Britannica, 25 Apr. 2017, https://www.britannica.com/topic/Samson-and-Delilah-opera-by-Saint-Saens. Accessed 10 November 2023.
A special preferred parking rate of only $10* is available for our patrons in the Bank of America Center Parking Garage.
- Entrances at: 150 N. College St. and 290 E. 5th St.
The $10 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Monday-Friday. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $10 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Saturday and Sunday.
GETTING AND USING YOUR PARKING PASS WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
- Purchase a $10 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.372.1000.*
WHEN YOU EXIT
- Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
- Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with the arrow pointing at slot.
- Gate arm will rise and the screen will display “drive safely.”
*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.
Bring your pre-purchased parking pass with you to the show and exchange for an exit pass or purchase your exit pass at the box office or parking stations at the show.
The Belk Theatre
430 South Tryon St.
Levine Center For The Arts
Charlotte, NC 28202