Magazine article Opera Canada

Thais

Magazine article Opera Canada

Thais

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The Chorus with Lyne Fortin in the title role of the Opera de Montreal production

IS Massenet's Thais a neglected masterpiece or a high-camp relic? The answer supplied in November by a new Opera de Montreal production was: a bit of both. Bernard Labadie, in his conducting debut as company artistic director, attended to musical matters smartly. The refurbished OdeM Chorus sounded great.

Lyne Fortin sang lyrically and with full tone as the fourth-century courtesan of the title, even if a few of the notorious high notes were strident. A natural actress, she conveyed the sultriness and sincerity of the character. Fellow Canadian Gaetan Laperriere was also believable as Athanael, the monk who sublimates his unquenchable lust for Thais into an obsessive campaign to reform her. Impressively dark in tone, his baritone projected better as the night progressed and took on a heroic ring in the final act. Tenor Paul Charles Clarke made a confident OdeM debut as Thais's lover, Nicias, and bass Gregory Atkinson was sturdy as the Abbot Palemon. …

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