Dana Beth Miller a “revelation” in Tulsa Opera “Samson et Dalila”

“The real revelation here is Miller as Delilah. This is her first time to sing this role, but her performance Wednesday had a depth, complexity and richness that made one think she’s been playing this role for years. Miller embodies the many moods of Delilah with an impressive range of tonal colors and adroit phrasing — the plummy sweetness she uses to capture Samson’s attention initially in “Printemps qui commence,” the harsh, bitter tone and whipcrack phrasing as she contemplates wreaking vengeance in “Amour! viens aider ma faiblesse”; the deft shift from coquettish seduction to tearful rage in “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix,” as she toys and manipulates and cajoles Samson to reveal the secret of his strength.”

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