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Every Tue., Thu., and Sat. from May 12-19
7:30 p.m.
May 20
2 p.m.
Opera, Theater

Before heading over to the Cowles Center for its season-closing show, Fellow Travellers, the Minnesota Opera wraps up its annual run of five productions at the Ordway with what promises to be an especially lavish presentation. Thaïs, a somewhat lesser-known opera written by Jules Massenet near the dawn of the 20th century, is a classically French production. In late 1800s France, the shows performed at the Paris Opera or the Opéra-Comique were heavily stylized and almost always included elements of ballet (even if such numbers had to be inserted into operas written elsewhere). Thaïs is a story of passion in conflict with conviction, as a monk working in ancient Egypt on behalf of the Roman Empire is tasked with converting a seductive courtesan to Christianity—but finds that it’s she who has a powerful effect on him. The title role is played by homegrown Minnesota star soprano Kelly Kaduce, last seen at the Ordway originating the role of Wendy in the Minnesota Opera’s fantastic original production of The Shining. Kaduce is joined by Grammy winner Lucas Meachem as the monk Athanaël, and Gerard Schneider as the monk’s old friend, who has fallen under Thaïs’ spell.