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SAMSON AND DELILAH

UK, 1981 (MIFF 1983, Trans-Media)

Director: John Vernon

The opera tells the story of the Israelites and their oppression by the Philistines, and is set in ancient Gaza. Samson, the victorious hero of the Israelites, has killed the overseer, Abimelech, at the temple of Dagon. The High Priest wants revenge and sends out Delilah, a Philistine woman, to discover the secret of Samson's superhuman strength.

Samson immediately falls in love with Delilah and is then betrayed by her, enabling his enemies to blind and imprison him. During the following bacchanal, the blinded Samson, with faith and determination, destroys the temple and buries the Philistines in a last show of strength and courage.

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PETER GRIMES

UK, 1981
The opera is set in a small fishing town on the East Anglian coast of England about 1830. ... Peter Grimes, a difficult and irrascible fisherman, alienated by temperament and character from the villa… More »

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