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COUNTDOWN TO NYE
A 13-year tradition continues as the Metropolitan Opera's 2018-19 season opens with a live transmission of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila to multiple screens in Times Square.
Free seating is available on Duffy Square and the Broadway Plazas between 43rd-44th Streets and 46th-47th Streets. Purchase some refreshments from the TSQ MKT kiosks and then find a seat! There will be two intermissions, each approximately 30 minutes.
House opens: 5:00pm
Curtain up: 6:00pm
About Samson et Dalila:
When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.