Samson – Misteria Paschalia Festival, Krakow
Samson by Händel © Wojciech Wandzel
Händel’s oratorio Samson tells of the last days of the great Israelite warrior, in a dramatic story of his journey from darkness to heavenly light. Opening with Samson in chains, having lost his strength and been blinded by the Philistines, it closes with one of Händel’s most famous arias, Let The Bright Seraphim In Burning Row / Their Loud, Uplifted Angel-Trumpets Blow. Composed within a few weeks of Händel’s Messiah and based on a text by John Milton, it became one of Händel’s most successful and popular oratorios.