June 2009

Opera "Thais" by Jules Massenet. PromFest, June 2009 

Musical director - Erki Pehk
Stage director - Mai Murdmaa
Scenographer - Madis Nurms
Lighting designer - Margus Vaigur 

"The striking stage pictures and illusions were made from practically nothing (Thaïs rising like a Venus from a sea shell and bathing in the foam, stage lights on a synthetic material giving an illusion of the glory of Alexandria, wonderful video installations depicting Athanaël's dreams, the refinement of costumes) and were well worthy of the musical concept"                                                                       
Pärnu Postimees - May 26th 2009

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Production of Thaïs had international and youthful cast, in the leading roles, the winners of the Klaudia Taev Competition for Young Opera Singers in 2005 -  Veronika Dzhioeva (Russia) and Ilya Silchukov (Belorussia).


"Such productions as "Demon" by Mati Unt, but also "Thaïs" by
Mai Murdmaa and Madis Nurms lift the festival "PromFest“ into the
circle of major successes in Estonian opera" 

Sirp - June 12, 2009