Opera Popolare, a local operatic company in its sixth season, performs an abridged version of "Samson" by G.F. Handel at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6-9, at Garden Street United Methodist Church, 1326 N. Garden St. Tickets, $12 to $15, are at operapopolare.com.
The oratorio covers the events in the last day of the biblical Samson's life, as portrayed in Milton's poem "Samson Agonistes." The work is said to be Handel's most dramatic oratorio.
Rob Viens, Opera Popolare's music director, is staging the work in a post-apocalyptic setting. The cast and chorus are accompanied by the nine-piece Opera Popolare orchestra. Details: 360-733-2663.