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Massenet
Thaïs

Take one ascetic monk named Athanaël and one ravishingly beautiful courtesan named Thaïs, add Massenet’s sensual, melodious music, with equal dashes of eroticism and religious fervor—and you have a powerful opera that is at once a celebration of the sacred and the profane, of flesh and soul. This rarity had not been heard at the Met for almost 40 years when it was brought back as a vehicle for the great soprano Beverly Sills and the magnetic singing actor Sherrill Milnes. Together, they masterfully bring to life the searing conflict at the heart of the drama.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Jan 28, 1978
Composer
Jules Massenet
Librettist
Louis Gallet
Run Time
2 HRS 09 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
John Pritchard
Thaïs
Beverly Sills
Nicias
Raymond Gibbs
Athanaël
Sherrill Milnes
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