Massenet: Thaïs

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This wonderful recording of Massenet's Thaïs features Renée Fleming in the title role, Thomas Hampson as Athanaël and Giuseppe Sabbatini as Nicias. Yves Abel conducts.

At last – a modern recording of Thaïs with a soprano who can sing the title-role. All we need is a soprano with a fabulously beautiful voice, idiomatic French, a sensuous legato, pure high notes up to a stratospheric top D, and the ability to leave every listener weak at the knees. Where was the problem? Renée Fleming makes it all sound so easy. Her success a couple of years ago at the Opéra Bastille in Paris with Massenet's Manon showed that she has an affinity for this composer. As Thaïs, a role with a similar vocal profile, she proves equally well cast. Within minutes of her entrance it's clear that neither of the other sets from the last 25 years will be able to touch her.

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide

Recording info

Release Date: August 22, 2000
Label: Decca
CD / Download: 2