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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.

  • 26 JUL 2018
    Teatro Real, Madrid
    Orquesta del Teatro Real de Madrid
    Patrick Fournillier, conductor
  • 26 JUL 2018
    Teatro Real Madrid, Spain
    Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid
    Patrick Fournillier, conductor
  • 12 MAY 2018
    Orway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN
    Minnesota Opera Co.

    Other Dates:
    15,17,19,20 May - Orway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN
  • 11 NOV 2017
    The Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
    The Metropolitan Opera Assoc
    Emmanuel Villaume, conductor

    Other Dates:
    15,18,22,25,28 November; 2 December - The Metropolitan Opera House, New York, NY
  • 26 AUG 2017
    Hamer Hall, Melbourne, Australia
    Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
    Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
  • 06 JUL 2017
    San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco Opera
    Concert Selections; Anne Manson, conductor

    Other Dates:
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