Florida Grand Opera presents Thais by French composer, Jules Massenet [fr]
Florida Grand Opera closes the 2013-14 season with yet another exciting deviation from the standard repertoire – Massenet’s Thaïs, opening May 3, 2014, at the Arsht Center. Bringing a touch of eastern mystique to the season, this work was last presented by FGO in 1976. It comes to the stage in a co-production by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, and Opéra de Montréal conceived and designed by the team of Renaud Doucet and Andre Barbe.
Based on the Anatole France novel of the same name, Thaïs is a tale of religious eroticism. In the fourth century’s Alexandria, Athanaël, a cenobite monk, seeks to convert Thaïs, a courtesan and follower of Venus. The monk finally achieves his goal and Thaïs ends her life in a convent, while he becomes a prisoner of his attraction for Thai and decays after losing the Faith.
The Sopranos Church Gutierrez and Angela Mortellaro will illustrate the complex role of Thais. Gutiérrez is a Cuban-American coloratura soprano and Mortellaro, meanwhile, is an American soprano with an "incredible vocal power," according to the Portland Press Herald newspaper. The Athanaël role will be played by bass-baritone Kristopher Irmiter, praised by Opera Now for his “dashing stage presence, acting ability, and solid vocal technique.” Finally, the Uruguayan tenor Martin Nusspaumer will play the role of Nicias, the rich and noble Thais’ lover.
**Sung in French with projected titles in English and Spanish**
MIAMI ◙ Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County / Ziff Ballet Opera House
May 3, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. – Opening Night
May 4, 2014, matinee at 2 p.m.
May 6 & 10, 2014, at 8:00 p.m.
FORT LAUDERDALE - Broward Center for the Performing Arts / Au-Rene Theater
May 15 & 17, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
FGO’s Box Office is located at the Doral Center on 8390 NW 25 St., Doral, FL 33122, and is open to the public from 10am to 4pm, Monday through Friday during the season. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (800) 741-1010 or online.
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Article published April 4th, 2014.