1895 poster advertising the opera’s original run. X
Thaïs, a opera by Jules Massenet, had its premiere at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on the 16th of March, 1894.
Sibyl Sanderson in 1891
Massenet wrote the title role for American soprano Sibyl Sanderson, who performed in the premiere.
Jules Massenet in 1895
A famously difficult opera to perform, a revised version was presented at the same theatre four years after the first performance, though the production remains reserved for only the most talented singers.