Classical music boosts listeners’ brain functions and energy levels, which is why every child should ingest a well-rounded harpsichord each morning. Treat your noggin to a mellifluous meal with this GrouponLive deal to see the Washington Concert Opera’s performance of Samson Et Dalila at Lisner Auditorium on Sunday, May 13, at 6 p.m. Choose from the following seating options:
- For $29, you get an opera package with section C seating (a $59 total value).
- For $47, you get an opera package with section B seating (a $94 total value).
- For $54, you get an opera package with section A seating (a $109 total value).<p>
Each package includes: * One ticket * One drink ticket (a $9 value)<p>
A cast of globetrotting opera stars takes the lead in Saint-Saëns’s biblical opera of lust, treachery, and revenge. When Hebrew leader Samson (Brandon Jovanovich) slays the Philistine governor, the High Priest of Dagon (Greer Grimsley) sets in motion a subtle plan to undo the strongman. The lynchpin in the scheme is Dalila (Michelle DeYoung), whose seductive set of pipes ensnares Samson during the unforgettable aria Printemps Qui Commence. The story would ring true even if it weren’t thousands of years old, emphasizing such eternal themes as the burden of loyalty, the fickleness of the heart, and the importance of trusting your hairstylist.
Although this marks the first WCO appearance of all three leads, each arrives bearing the laurels of an acclaimed career. The perfectly villainous bass-baritone Grimsley is known internationally for his intensity and commanding voice; DeYoung has appeared on Grammy-winning recordings; and former linebacker Jovanovich has been praised by the New York Times for “the healthy glow and unfussy elegance of his singing”—qualities befitting the slightly naïve hero he plays.
Concert opera puts the art form’s music front and center, with no sets, costumes, and rarely even a prop to distract the eye, with the exception of Isolde’s irreplaceable teddy bear. WCO has staged more than 40 operas in this format since its founding in 1986, with a special emphasis on rarely performed pieces.