Saint-Saëns, Camille
Samson et Dalila
Opera in three acts
- Urtext edition based on the full score published in the “L’Opéra français” series
- Singable German translation from the Weimar premiere
- Informative Foreword by the editor (Ger/Fr/Eng)
- Idiomatic managable piano reduction
Date of publication
Edition no.
BA 8710-90
Volume / Series
Jacob, Andreas / Guilloux, Fabien
Müller, Karl-Heinz
Orchestral scoring
Mez-solo,3T-solo,Bar-solo,3B-solo / GemCh-SATB / 3(3. ou Pte fl).2.Cor angl.2.Clar.b.2.Cbn - 4.2.2 Cnt à pist.3.1.2 Oph.-Timb., Perc., 2 Hrp. - Cordes - Ballett
Language(s) of work
French, German
Language(s) of text
German, French, English
Product format
Vocal Score, Urtext edition
Saint-Saëns’ setting of the biblical story of Samson, a hero equipped with superhuman powers, and his seduction by the Philistine Dalila is considered his magnum opus for the musical stage. It stands alongside Gounod’s “Faust” and Bizet’s “Carmen” among the most popular operas in the French repertoire.

Lust, hate, frailty and religious war are the ingredients of the plot. Among other things, the sensual music includes Dalila’s famous arias “Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix” and “Printemps qui commence”. The Bärenreiter vocal score, newly engraved with a clear presentation, contains Richard Pohl’s authentic singable translation of the libretto used at the Weimar premiere in 1877.
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