Opera Film Thais (2009)
When the most voluptuous, sought-after courtesan in the world meets an ascetic monk whose life is devoted to God, you know erotic sparks are going to fly. And when the clash takes place in a glorious, but rarely performed, opera by Massenet, it’s a delight to the ear just as much as to the eye. Renée Fleming is every inch the glamorous Thais, swathed in elegant gowns designed by Christian Lacroix. Thomas Hampson is the tortured man of God. This production by John Cox, which premiered in December Protected content , brilliantly sets the stage for a confrontation as old as civilization itself.
Composer: Jules Massenet
Conductor: Jesús López-Cobos
Production: John Cox
Director: Gary Halvorson
Thaїs: Renée Fleming
Nicias: Michael Schade
Athanaël: Thomas Hampson
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