Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra National de Paris. Photograph: Elisa Haberer  Stéphane Lissner, director of the Opéra National de Paris. Photograph: Elisa Haberer

It is the preview of Samson et Dalila, Camille Saint-Saëns’s late-19th-century orientalist opera, at the Opéra Bastille, in Paris. The people of Israe(...)