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A Night at the Opera - Massenet's THAÏS

  • May 6, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This beautiful and deeply poignant opera is one of my favorite of all time, so I've decided to go ahead and create an exclusive meetup for a few of us specially since seat availability has negatively changed for promo codes, therefore, I've had to buy the selected tickets in advance.

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME if you still would like to join us even though I've already sold all the tickets, we might be able to work something out.

About the opera:

Composed by the great French composer Jules Massenet and first performed at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on 16 March 1894, it is one of Massenet's most performed works.

Thaïs takes place in Egypt during the Byzantine rule, where a Cenobite monk, Athanaël, attempts to convert Thaïs, an Alexandrian courtesan and devotee of Venus, to religion, but discovers too late that his obsession with her is rooted in lust; while the courtesan's true purity of heart is revealed, so is the religious man's baser nature...

Its famous Méditation, the entr'acte for violin and orchestra played between the scenes of Act II, is an oft-performed concert music piece; it has been arranged for many different instruments.

This Méditation is from a production in Venice, Italy:

http://youtu.be/pVMg7dqclbw

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  • Mun W.

    I know this is months later - I just wanted to say I was there but I didn't know about this group then! :( What a pity as I went to watch it alone, as I frequently do. It's great to know there's a group like this.

    August 15, 2014

  • david

    Carlo and I decided to go very last minute. We were all the way up and looked around but we could not see you guys. I have been an opera lover since my teenage years and being an Italian living in Italy I tended to gravitate around Verdi, Bellini and Puccini productions. This was my first time watching Thais and I totally fell in love with it. Loved the music, the story, the costumes and the staging. What a treat! Not to mention the Christian-Pagan confusion that leaves none of the 2 parties a winner. I thought it was very progressive considering it was composed at the end of the 19th century. Loved it, loved it, loved it!

    2 · May 11, 2014

  • G

    I of course enjoyed this opera big time, its depth, poignancy, dark humor, irony, even its romantic touch... It would have been grand to meet afterwards and talk about it and share thoughts, but it was a bit late for a weekday. Still it was very very very nice to meet up with you all, I know some of you will be traveling so come back soon! And those of you in town, hope to see you soon!

    2 · May 7, 2014

    • G

      Baci!

      May 7, 2014

    • Joshua M.

      Thank you for having me G! I look forward getting in touch with you for another one!

      1 · May 8, 2014

  • Vlad

    Very nice. Thanks G.

    1 · May 7, 2014

  • G

    Greetings, here's another reminder that our opera event is taking place tomorrow Tuesday May 6th. I'll be there around 7pm. Cheerio :)

    May 5, 2014

  • G

    I'm in the Front Orchestra section, can't wait!

    January 10, 2014

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