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O messager de Dieu

Opera details:

Opera title:

Thais

Composer:

Jules Massenet

Language:

French

Synopsis:

Thais Synopsis

Libretto:

Thais Libretto

Translation(s):

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Recitative details:

Type:

recitative

Role(s):

Thaïs

Voice(s):

Soprano

Act:

3

Previous scene: Dis moi que je suis belle
Next scene: Te souviens tu du lumineux voyage

Jules Massenet – THAÏS – ‘Ô messager de Dieu’ (Renée Fleming)

Singer: Renée Fleming

THAÏS
Comédie lyrique en 3 actes et 7 tableaux
Composer : Jules Massenet (1842–1912)
Libretto : Louis Gallet, after Anatole France’s novel (1890)
First performance : Opéra Garnier, Paris, 16 March 1894 ; revised 13 April 1898

SETTING : Alexandria and surroundings, 4th century AD

PLOT: The Coenobite monk Athanaël converts the courtesan Thaïs but falls in love with her. She dies as a saint, while he succumbs to lust and falls in despair at her feet.

‘Ô messager de Dieu, si bon dans ta rudesse’
Athanaël has led Thaïs, now converted, through the desert on their way to a nunnery. Thaïs is exhausted, her flesh is bleeding but her soul is full of lightness, and she blesses the monk, so good in his harshness.

Thaïs, comédienne et courtisane / actress and courtesan (soprano) : Renée Fleming

Conductor : Yves Abel
Orchestra National Bordeaux Aquitaine
Bordeaux, 1997–1998

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

O messager de Dieu, si bon dans ta rudesse,
Sois béni, toi qui m'as ouvert le ciel!
Ma chair saigne, et mon âme est pleine d'allégresse,
Un air léger baigne mon front brûlant.
Plus fraîche que l'eau de la source,
Plus douce qu'un rayon de miel,
Ta pensée est en moi suave et salutaire et mon esprit,
Dégagé de la terre plane déjà  dans cette immensité!
Très vénéré père, sois béni!

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