Notes & Reviews:
Renee Fleming triumphs as the glamorous courtesan Thais in Massenet's romantic tragedy set in fourth century Alexandria and the Egyptian desert. The timeless struggle between earthly desire and spiritual redemption finally destroys the resolve of the monk Athanael (Thomas Hampson), just as the newly penitent Thais ascends heavenward.
BBC Music Magazine
RenTe Fleming is vocally splendid, positively caressing Massenet's ornate vocal line with luscious ease...Thomas Hampson is an appropriately grim Athanadl, boiling with sublimated lust.
The Times, London
Do you like fragrant kitsch? Then roll up for this enjoyable DVD of Massenet's cocktail of sex and piety...Fleming's creamy trills as the Egyptian courtesan who finds God are almost as luscious as her costumes, designed by the French fashion god Christian Lacroix.
Run Time: 146 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
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Works DetailsMassenet, Jules : Thaïs
- Performers: Michael Schade (Tenor); Thomas Hampson (Baritone); Renée Fleming (Soprano)
- Conductor: Jesus Lopez-Cobos
- Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1894