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Total duration 3 h
2 intermissions (25 min)
7 performances
8.2.2019 – 28.2.2019
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-99 €
performed in french
surtitles in finnish, swedish and english

An opera renowned for its beauty

Thaïs; Sabina Cvilak, Jaakko Kortekangas

A devout monk leaves the desert in order to convert Thaïs, a depraved courtesan. But can the monk resist the power of temptation?

A fascinating story of the contradiction between earthly and heavenly love meets the rapturous splendour of Jules Massenet’s music. In the end, who is the sinner and who is the saint? Along with profound questions about humanity, Thaïs offers a spectacle of unparalleled brilliance.

Recommended for children over the age of 12.

Overflowing glamour

Thaïs; Sabina Cvilak; Ann-Marie Heino; Luc Robert; Tove Åman

Set at the turn of the 20th century, Thaïs, with its gold-gilt costumes, is one of the most visually imposing performances of the Finnish National Opera. The acclaimed production has attracted interest elsewhere, too, and the sets and costumes have been on loan at the Los Angeles Opera.

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Thaïs; Jaakko Kortekangas; Sabina Cvilak

”In vain I flagellated my flesh, in vain I bruised it; a demon possesses me. The beauty of the woman haunts my visions, I only see Thaïs!”

– Monk Athanaël in the libretto

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Synopsis

Monk Athanaël has seen the courtesan Thaïs, a famous beauty, in Alexandria, and has decided to convert her. He meets Thaïs at the house of Nicias, a friend from his younger days, and promises Thaïs eternal love and life. The monk’s words make an impression on Thaïs. The next day, she decides to destroy everything she owns and leave her old life behind.

Athanaël takes Thaïs to a monastery, but he’s unable to forget her. In a vision, he sees Thaïs in the throes of death. Athanaël rushes to her and confesses that his pledges of eternal life were all lies: in reality he has lusted after Thaïs all along. The depraved woman has become a saint and the sacred man has turned into a sinner.

Thaïs; Sabina Cvilak, Jaakko Kortekangas

”Massenet’s sensual opera is a luxurious visual feast. – Thaïs, the protagonist, is a stunning femme fatale and courtesan actress who resembles the goddess of love in her winged, gold-gilt fantasy costume. The entire theatre, her court, is awash with a magical glow and full of erotic fairy-tale characters.”

– Helsingin Sanomat

Creative team

Music
Jules Massenet
Director
Nicola Raab
Sets, costumes
Johan Engels
Lighting design
Linus Fellbom

Cast

Servant
NN

Performances and tickets

3 h
2 intermissions (25 min)
7 performances
8.2.2019 – 28.2.2019
Operas
Main auditorium
tickets
15-99 €
performed in french
surtitles in finnish, swedish and english
Fri 8.2.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Wed 13.2.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Fri 15.2.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 21.2.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Sat 23.2.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Tue 26.2.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale
Thu 28.2.2019
at 19:00
Päänäyttämö
on sale

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