Op­er­atic hair­cut: Samson et Dalila

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Saint-Saëns’ volup­tuous Samson et Dalila opened the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera’s sea­son last month, and at 11 a.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 20, it beams out to the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) as part of the Met Live in HD se­ries. It’s a new pro­duc­tion from Darko Tres­n­jak, who will di­rect

The Thir­teenth Child at Santa Fe Opera this sum­mer. Crit­ics have found his Samson be­mus­ing — the words “glitzy,” “gaudy,” and “campy” keep com­ing up — but of course, this is not an opera that re­ally in­vites deco­rous taste­ful­ness. Mezzo-so­prano Elˉna Garancˇa and tenor Roberto Alagna (be­low) head the cast. Tick­ets ($22-$28) can be had through tick­etssantafe .org, 505-988-1234. — J.M.K.

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