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A Synopsis of Massenet's Opera, Thais

By January 27, 2013

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Massenet's opera, Thais, is one of my favorites.  Many of you, no matter  how familiar you are with classical music, have most assuredly heard one of the opera's most famous pieces, "Meditation."  Listen to a YouTube clip of Yo-Yo Ma performing this sublime piece of music.  Thais is a heart-wrenching opera that tells the story of a monk determined to convert a beautiful Venusian priestess to Christianity, and in the process, he falls in love with her.  Though, I'm sure you can guess the outcome, learn the synopsis of Massenet's opera, Thais.


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