Anita Rachvelishvili in new Metropolitan Opera production of ‘Samson et Dalila’

Anita Rachvelishvili photographed through the fitting of her costume for ‘Samson et Dalila’. Photo: The Metropolitan Opera., 12 Mar 2019 - 17:43, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian opera star Anita Rachvelishvili will be a principal performer in the first new production of Samson et Dalila at New York’s famed Metropolitan Opera in two decades, when she steps on the stage this week.


Produced by Darko Tresnjak, a winner of the 2014 Best Direction of a Musical Award, the staging of the biblical drama will see the mezzo-soprano appear as Dalila in five shows at the Met.


The Tresnjak redaction has been described in previews as “vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies”.