Wednesday, January 19, 2011

High Definition opera is biblical and beautiful

See ‘Samson and Delilah’ at Magic Lantern

Express Staff Writer

The San Francisco Opera’s performance of “Samson and Delilah” will screen at the Magic Lantern Cinemas live in High Definition. Photo by

The San Francisco Opera's Grand Opera Cinema Series makes its way to the Magic Lantern Cinemas' Screening Rooms in Ketchum. Recorded live on High Definition, screenings of "Samson and Delilah" will take place today, Jan. 19, and Thursday, Jan. 20. Both showings are at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday, Jan. 20, Dick Brown, artistic director of Caritas Chorale and Anam Cara Chamber Choir of Idaho, will give a prescreening talk at 5 p.m. Tickets for the screenings are $12.

"Samson and Delilah" is one of the most compelling biblical tales to emerge from the Old Testament. The story is a sweeping epic with a hero who is seduced by a woman and loses his heart, his hair and, finally, his strength.

A riveting opera by the San Francisco Opera, "Samson and Delilah" features lush music and one of the most thrilling bacchanalian dance spectacles ever conceived for the stage. It is a Cecil B. DeMille-like extravaganza production.

Enjoy tenor Clifton Forbis and Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina along with conductor Patrick Summers for this HD recorded live performance at the Magic Lantern Cinemas Screening Rooms. The opera is sung in French and will have English supertitles. In addition, the running time is two hours and 35 minutes with two intermissions, which include backstage interviews with the cast.

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