Massenet's Thaïs from LA Opera

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Join us Saturday at 1 pm for the Los Angeles Opera's debut production of Massenet's Thaïs, recorded this past May at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

The production, by director Patrick Fournillier and imported from Sweden's Gothenburg Opera, features Georgian soprano Nino Machaidze in the title role and Plácido Domingo in the baritone role of the tormented monk Athanael.

In this 1894 opera, Thaïs holds an entire city in her thrall as she embraces life’s most sensual delights. One man alone, Athanaël, weeps for her sins, but his pilgrimage to save the sinner’s soul becomes a tortured journey of erotic obsession. As seducer transforms into saint, the holy man falls victim to his own passions. The opera features plenty of sweeping, melodic music, including the Act II meditation with solo violin and harp.

Cast:

Thaïs: Nino Machaidze
Athanaël: Plácido Domingo
Nicias: Paul Groves
Palemon: Valentin Anikin
Albine: Milena Kitic
Crobyle: Hae Ji Chang
Myrtale: Rebecca Nathanson
Servant: Kihun Yoon

Los Angeles Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor: Patrick Fournillier
Chorus Master: Grant Gershon