Samson and Delilah (includes Bacchanale, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, Softly Awakes My Heart)
Camille Saint-Saëns


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Composer Saint-Saëns christened this work a 'Biblical opera', taking inspiration from the Old Testament story of Samson and Delilah. It's packed with great opera arias, including the great alto aria 'Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix', and a frenzied drinking song.

Samson and Delilah by Alexandre Cabanel (1878).