Mondavi to screen SF Opera’s ‘Samson and Delilah’

By From page A13 | January 23, 2014

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Olga Borodina (Delilah) and Clifton Forbis (Samson) perform in the San Francisco Opera's "Samson and Delilah." Terrence McCarthy, SF Opera/Courtesy photo

The Mondavi Center will present a high-definition screening of the San Francisco Opera’s 2007 production of “Samson and Delilah” by Camille Saint-Saëns on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in Jackson Hall.

One of the most compelling biblical tales from the Old Testament comes to life in this sweeping epic of a hero who is seduced by a woman and loses his heart, his hair and finally his strength.

This opulently staged opera features lush music and one of the most thrilling bacchanalian dance spectacles ever conceived for the stage. Tenor Clifton Forbis brings down the temple (and the house) in this sumptuous production featuring Russian mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina and conductor Patrick Summers.

The screening runs 2 hours and 35 minutes, and is sung in French with English subtitles.

Tickets are $20 general, $10 for UC Davis students, available at www.mondaviarts.org or 530-754-2787.

Jeff Hudson

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