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Work: Thaïs

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ComposerMassenet, Jules (1842-1912)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Minnesota Opera's Thaïs: a bright star in Massenet’s galaxy of women

Lucas Meachem (Athanaël) © Cory Weaver
In a highly effective stage presentation, the Minnesota Opera tells Jules Massenet’s story of two personalities whose spiritual journeys are like two ships passing in the night.
****1
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Ailyn Pérez an outstanding Thaïs

David Pittsinger (Polémon, left), Gerard Finley (Athanaël, singing) © Chris Lee | Metropolitan Opera
Ailyn Pérez draws every eye and ear to her in an easy-on-the-eye production that doesn't solve some of the work's inherent contradictions.
***11
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Sparking leads wow audience in Thaïs

Nicole Car © Georges Antoni
Outstanding performances from Nicole Car and Etienne Dupuis turn Opera Australia's unstaged production of Thaïs into a triumph at Sydney Town Hall.
****1
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Plácido Domingo returns to the Liceu

Nino Machaidze © Antoni Bofill
Younger generations have still a lot to learn from the 76-year old singer
****1
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The Met in HD, Thaïs, 2008

Read our review of John Cox's production of ­Massenet's Thaïs in its 2008 broadcast from the Met Opera in New York.