American soprano Ailyn Pérez will make her role debut as the glamorous and alluring courtesan, Thaïs, in the Met Opera‘s forthcoming production of Jules Massenet‘s seductive opera, opening on 11 November, 2017, for seven performances.
Massenet’s intriguing exploration of the conflict between religious faith and sensual desire also stars Canadian baritone Gerald Finley, as ascetic monk Athanaël. French maestro Emmanuel Villaume conducts John Cox’s production, not seen at the Met in almost a decade, with French tenor Jean-François Borras as Nicias and American bass-baritone David Pittsinger as Palémon.
Performances for Thaïs: November: 11 (matinee), 15, 18, 22, 25, 28; December: 2. Curtain times vary.
Running time: 3 hours and 16 minutes, including two intermissions.
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