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Jules Massenet

Publisher: Novello & Co

Thaïs (1894)
Work Notes
G. Schirmer controls the rights in the English translation by William Weaver for this work but does not supply orchestral materials.
Text Writer
Libretto by Louis Gallet. English translation by William Weaver.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
English, French
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Programme Note
Jules Massenet Thaïs (1894)

Cast List:
   ATHANAËL, a Cenobite: Baritone
   NICIAS, a young Sybarite philosopher: Tenor
   PALÉMON, an old Cenobite: Bass
   A SERVANT: Baritone
   THAÏS, actress and courtesan: Soprano
   CROBYLE, slave-girl: Soprano
   MYRTALE, slave-girl: Mezzo-Soprano
   ALBINE, abbess: Mezzo-Soprano
   THE CHARMER, a dancer: Soprano
   Cenobites, Actors and Actresses, Philosophers, Friends of Nicias, Populace, the White Daughters.

Set in Egypt in the fourth century, this opera tells the story of the monk Athanaël’s mission to save the soul of the courtesan Thaïs. He makes her aware of the emptiness of her existence and she agrees to renounce her old life and become a nun. However only when she falls fatally ill does Athanaël realise his obsession with Thaïs’s salvation was the result of repressed passion.

  • 09 MAY 2020
    Capitol Theater, Salt Lake City, UT
    Utah Symphony

    Other Dates:
    11,13,15,17 May - Capitol Theater, Salt Lake City, UT

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