‘Thaïs’ stars Ailyn Pérez in Massenet’s tale of sensual ancient Egypt

Thaïs is Jules Massenet’s French lyric comedy based on a real courtesan in the court of Alexander the Great at Alexandria, Egypt.

Louis Gallet wrote the libretto. It is based on the novel Thaïs (1890) by Anatole France.

Thaïs premiered at the Paris Opera in 1894. It premiered at the Met in 1907.

Thaïs and Athanaël swap roles

Thaïs is a popular courtesan in Alexandrian society and a priestess of Venus. The Christian monk Athanaël, one of her former lovers, decides to rescue her from her life.

At first Thaïs resists. Finally, she follows Athanaël into a convent.

Not being able to see her again, Athanaël is heartbroken. Now he tries to take her away from the convent, but she has changed into a saintly persona and dies in a vision of angels.

Thaïs 2017

The Metropolitan Opera performs Thaïs seven times between Saturday, November 11 and Saturday, December 2.

This is John Cox’ production with costumes by Christian Lacroix.

Mexican-American soprano Ailyn Pérez (Chicago, Illinois) sings the starring role.

Emmanuel Villaume conducts.

Thaïs November 2017

Saturday, November 11 at 1 pm OPENING NIGHT

Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 18 at 8 pm

Wednesday, November 22 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 25 at 8 pm

Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 pm

Thaïs December 2017

Saturday, December 2 at 8 pm CLOSING NIGHT

Thaïs Tickets

Tickets start at $25

Metropolitan Opera ticket prices vary with demand. Prices go up as an opera nears the end of its run. Buy tickets early in the season to get the best prices. Tickets go on sale to:
  • Patrons and Subscribers on June 15, 2017
  • Guild members (Supporting and above) on June 18, 2017
  • General public, Sunday, June 25, 2017

Metropolitan Opera House box office

Monday – Saturday, 10 am -6 pm Sunday, 12 noon – 6 pm

By Phone

(212) 362-6000 Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 8 pm Sunday, Noon – 6 pm



Rush Tickets

$25 Rush tickets can be purchased at www.metopera.org the day of the show. You can buy two tickets to one performance every seven days. Rush tickets go on sale Monday – Friday at 12 noon Matinees (four hours before curtain) Saturday evenings at 2 pm

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