"Samson et Dalila" Opera Talk, J. Engel

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Prosser Public Library
Community Room

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Today's Opera:  Samson et Dalila


Composer:  Camille Saint-Saens

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) wrote several operas during his career, but Samson et Dalila (1877) has survived alone as his most popular.  Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. This is the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

Music historian Jeffrey Engel will present today’s opera talk, offering historical context for the composer and the opera story.  In Paris for 14 years, Mr. Engel studied cello, art history and earned diplomas in French.  As a cellist he played with orchestras in France, including the Paris Opera, performed in chamber ensembles and taught in municipal conservatories.   A graduate of Ithaca College, & a teacher at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Mr. Engel brings a rich knowledge of music history to each lecture, with musical excerpts.

Registration is appreciated.


Event Type(s): Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Jeffrey Engel
Carol Lennig
(860) 243-9721 ext. 3558

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