Sunday, March 24, 2013— 2:30pm
in french with english surtitles
Psychological. Erotic. Tragic.
This rarely performed French opera is an emotionally-packed tragedy. Massenet's late Romantic style conveys a sense of realism that is embedded in a sensual score.
The eastern influences woven into this story also have present day resonances. Thaïs tells the tale of an Egyptian courtesan in need of redemption. When an
ascetic monk attempts to convert her, he soon finds himself seduced by her beauty. His baser human desires lead to a struggle between good and evil.
Raisa Nakhmanovich, Music Director and Pianist
Carolina Herrera Sanchez, Violinist
Robert Cooper, Chorus Director
Laura Whalen as Thais
James Westman as Athanael
Alain Coulombe as Palemon
Adam Fisher as Nicias
Christina Campsall as Albine
Lise Maher as Creobyle
Dina Shikhman as Mirtale
Leigh-Ann Allen as La Charmeuse
Gregory Finney as Le Serviteur