Thaïs is a three-act opera based on a novel of the same name by Anatole France. The opera first opened at the Opera Garnier in Paris, on 16th March, 1894 and it starred the talented Sibyl Sanderson, for whom Jules Massenet had created the initial play. The original production of the opera was directed by Alexandre Lapissida and costumes were designed by Charles Bianchini. The sets of the original production were huge structures designed by Eugene Carpezat and Marcel Jambon. The production came to Italy for the first time in October 1903, with changes in the lead roles. After all these years, the everlasting story returns again. If you want to relive it, get these Thais tickets at the earliest.
The latest production of the show is coming to Metropolitan Opera at the Lincoln Center in New York, this November.
Synopsis – Thaïs
The storyline is set in fourth century A.D. Egypt. It begins with the old Palemon and his fellow monks waiting for the return of one of their brothers, Athanael. Upon his return, Athanael tells the monks the state of sin he found the city of Alexandria in, under the heavy influence of courtesan Thaïs. Even though the monks tell him not to interfere in the matters of the secular world, Athanael decided to bring Thaïs towards a life of faith and devotion. He prays that night away and the next morning, with the break of dawn, embarks on a journey to purify the soul of Thaïs.
As the story progresses, Athanael confront Thaïs and tells her of his intentions to guide her soul to a better place. After brushing away his suggestion lightly, Thaïs is eventually forced to reexamine her life’s purpose, and what would happen to her when her beauty fades. After spending a night in deep thought, Thaïs makes a decision to abandon her old ways and live a life of chastity and simplicity.
The story unfolds into unexpected twists and turns as the locals want more of mistress Thaïs and eventually, Athanael becomes influenced by the spell of Thaïs’ beauty. Find out how the story ends, by watching it live – get these Thais tickets.
Original Cast of Thaïs
The opera premiered on 16th March, 1894 with Paul Taffanel as the conductor. The original cast included Sibyl Sanderson in the role of courtesan, Thaïs. The voice type was this role was soprano. Sibyl was born in California to a politician father, Silas Sanderson. After the death of her father, Sibyl, along with her mother and sisters moved back to Paris and became a socialite. She had a remarkable voice and sang in many operas. She appeared in a number of roles that were created solely according to her singing style and unique talents.
Athanael, the Cenobite monk was played by the baritone Jean-Francois Delmas. Delmas was born in 1861 and was a French bass-baritone who is known for his stellar performance of Athanael in Thaïs. He was born in Lyon and won many prizes for his wonderful operatic singing from a young age. His debut was in 1886 as Saint-Bris at the Paris Opera in Les Huguenots. He was known for his powerful voice and the evenness of sound that allowed him to sing classical baritone roles such as Iago. He also appeared in various roles outside of France.
Other cast members from the original production include Albert Raymond Alvarez in the role of Nicias, the nobleman, Jeanne Marcy as Crobyle, the servant of Nicias, Meyrianne Heglon as Mystale, another servant of Nician, Francois Delpouget in the role of Palemon, the leader of the Cenobites, Laure Beauvais as the Albine, an abbess and Euzet in the role of a servant.
The Cast of the 2017-18 Production
For the latest production of the opera, Thaïs will be played by Ailyn Perez and Athanael by Gerald Finley. Perez has previously appeared as the Countess Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Juliette in Romeo and Juliette. Gerald Finley has previously appeared as Papageno in Die Zauberflote.
This season, the story will be recreated under the production of John Cox, with Christian Lacroix as the costumes designer, Sara Jo Slate as the choreographer and Duane Schuler as the lighting deigner. The shows are set to take place all through November 2017 and start of December 2017. The conductor for the opera will be Emmanuel Villaume.
The production promises to be bigger and better than ever. Grab these Thais tickets and don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend a night amidst wonderful music and an everlasting storyline.
Thais Tickets Prices
The average price for Thais Tickets start from $194. The minimum get in price is $81 for Thais Tickets at the Ordway Center For Performing Arts, Saint Paul. For a detailed look at ticket prices and amazing discounts, visit our website.
|Name||City||Date||Average Ticket Price||Get In Price
|Minnesota Opera: Thais||Saint Paul||19-May-18||$194||$81|
|Minnesota Opera: Thais||Saint Paul||20-May-18||$373||$85|
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