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Title Thaïs [videorecording] / music by Jules Massenet ; libretto by Louis Gallet, based on the novel by Anatole France ; presented by the Metropolitan Opera.

Imprint London, England : Decca, [2008]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Storage DVD    B MASS THA L84DVD    Available
Description 1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Series The Metropolitan Opera HD live
Metropolitan Opera HD live.
Note Opera in three acts and seven scenes.
System Details DVD, all regions, anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 16:9) presentation; LPCM stereo., DTS 5.1 surround.
Language Sung in French, optional subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, and Chinese.
Performer Renée Fleming (Thaïs) ; Thomas Hampson (Athanaël) ; Michael Schade (Nicias) ; Alain Vernhes (Palémon) ; Alyson Cambridge (Crobyle) ; Ginger Costa-Jackson (Myrtale) ; Trevor Scheunemann (Guard) ; Leah Partridge (La Charmeuse) ; Maria Zifchak (Albine) ; Daniel Clark Smith, Roger Andrews, Kurt Phinney, Richard Pearson, Craig Montgomery (Cenobite Monks) ; Zahra Hashemian, solo dancer ; David Chan, violin solo ; the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus, and Ballet ; Donald Palumbo, chorus master ; Jesús López-Cobos, conductor.
Credits Director, Gary Halvorson ; production, John Cox ; lighting designer, Duane Schuler ; choreographer, Sara Jo Slate ; music producer, Jay David Saks ; producers, Louisa Briccetti, Victoria Warivonchik.
Event Filmed Dec. 20, 2008.
Note Program notes and synopsis in English (14 p. : port. ; 18 cm.) in container.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary Renée Fleming triumphs as the glamorous courtesan Thaïs 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 Athanaël (Thomas Hampson), just as the newly penitent Thaïs ascends heavenward. Jesús López Cobos gives a masterly performance of Massenet's sensuous score, with concert master David Chan contributing a ravishing "Méditation."
Note Bonus features: Plácido Domingo introduces each act; "backstage at the Met" with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson.
Subject Operas.
Genre/Form Filmed operas.
Added Author Gallet, Louis, 1835-1898. Librettist.
López-Cobos, Jesús. Conductor.
Fleming, Renée. Performer.
Hampson, Thomas. Performer.
Schade, Michael. Performer.
Vernhes, Alain, 1944- Performer.
Cambridge, Alyson. Performer.
Costa-Jackson, Ginger. Performer.
Scheunemann, Trevor. Performer.
Partridge, Leah. Performer.
Zifchak, Maria. Performer.
Smith, Daniel Clark. Performer.
Andrews, Roger. Performer.
Phinney, Kurt. Performer.
Pearson, Richard. Performer.
Montgomery, Craig. Performer.
Hashemian, Zahra. Performer.
Chan, David (Violinist) Performer.
Palumbo, Donald. Performer.
Domingo, Plácido, 1941- Host.
Halvorson, Gary. Director.
Cox, John, 1935 March 12- Producer.
Briccetti, Louisa. Producer.
Warivonchik, Victoria. Producer.
Schuler, Duane. Lighting designer.
Slate, Sara Jo. Choreographer.
Saks, Jay David. Musician.
France, Anatole, 1844-1924. Thaïs.
Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912. Thaïs.
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.) Performer.
Decca Music Group.
Standard No. 044007433553
Music No. B0013884-09 Decca

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