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Montecarlo Opera . Samson and Dalila

19 Ottobre 2018 |

From the Old Testament to Cecil B. DeMille, the sulphurous love affair between Samson and Delilah have continued to provoke moral condemnations and unavowable feverishness. Could it be a total coincidence that the task of putting to music this biblical fable, with its heady scent, was given to Camille Saint-Saëns? Despite his stage productions having sometimes gone astray, lacking the inspiration without which a masterpiece is impossible, the composer has found the road to success with Samson and Delilah. The eroticism that underlies this episode of the Bible could only fascinate him, and the sacred context offers him an ideal screen to hide his intense sensuality from the world. Beyond the emblematic role of Samson, valiant in every sense of the word, it is to Delilah that the most important music of the piece is given. While the final collapse captivates the spectators and reaffirms the moral dimension of the work, it is nonetheless the caressing phrases uttered by heroine that touch our hearts. Camille Saint-Saëns, a great admirer of the Principality, hid his game well, but now this opera is revealing him to us… to our greatest pleasure.

Monday, November 19th, 2018 – 20:00 (upon invitation from the Palace)

Thursday, November 22nd, 2018 – 20:00

Sunday, November 23rd, 2018 – 15:00

Out There

13 Gennaio 2017 |

A long, original novella by Quentin S. Crisp.

With illustrations by Master Agostino Arrivabene.

An exclusive Mount Abraxas / Ex Occidente Press limited edition.

One of the most startling books of 2016? We think so.

Out among the stars, is where Jake would like to be, even if that means death. On a hiking trip up a Japanese mountain with his friend Sean, is where he is actually going, in an attempt to find
a famous-obscure temple from an old story. In the vital wilderness of the mountain slopes, Jake’s perceptions are affected. His gaze turns from the future to the past, from the past to the present, and from the present to something… out there.

A novella steeped in Japanese folklore, Out There is another of Quentin S. Crisp’s explorations of the relevance of traditional Japanese aesthetics in meeting the spiritual challenges of the modern age. Time passes differently in these pages. At some point, if you are lucky, you might find you have taken the wrong turning.

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