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Massenet
Thaïs

When the most voluptuous, sought-after courtesan in the world meets an ascetic monk whose life is devoted to God, you know erotic sparks are going to fly. And when the clash takes place in a glorious, but rarely performed, opera by Massenet, it’s a delight to the ear just as much as to the eye. Renée Fleming is every inch the glamorous Thais, swathed in elegant gowns designed by Christian Lacroix. Thomas Hampson is the tortured man of God. This production by John Cox, which premiered in December 2008, brilliantly sets the stage for a confrontation as old as civilization itself.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Dec 20, 2008
Composer
Jules Massenet
Librettist
Louis Gallet
Run Time
2 HRS 18 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
DVD release by Decca Music Group / The Metropolitan Opera
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Jesús López-Cobos
Thaïs
Renée Fleming
Nicias
Michael Schade
Athanaël
Thomas Hampson
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