For all the fame and beauty of the music of Thaïs, the best reason to perform this French opera is to show off a star soprano with a voice that could turn a monk's attention from chaste disregard to irrepressible desire.
Nicole Car is that star, and she sings the role of the disillusioned courtesan in concert, opposite Canadian baritone Etienne Dupuis as the man who cannot resist her charms, Athanaël.
Massenet's music explores the ways sacred faith and human passion intersect, in harmonies that blend the exotic and erotic to take you to a different world.
The Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra will play the powerful score in a rare opportunity to hear this opera performed live.
She's a sinner with a city in her thrall.
He's her would-be saviour, set to lose his soul.
Listen to 'Dis-moi que je suis belle' from Thaïs
Running time: approximately 2 hours & 40 minutes, including one interval.
Sung in French.