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Méditation from Thaïs

This ardent love duet, set to music by Massenet, showcases the sublime beauty of Frederick Ashton’s choreography.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Méditation from Thaïs. It was last on stage 12–23 February 2013.


A pas de deux for two soloists perfectly matches the evocative sounds of Jules Massenet’s Méditation religieuse.


Frederick Ashton’s Méditation from Thaïs is set to the flowing melodies of the Méditation religieuse from Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs (1894). Ashton complements the ethereal and romantic mood of the music with a lyrical love duet. Anthony Dowell, former director of The Royal Ballet, designed the costumes and also appeared in the work’s first performance at the Adelphi Theatre in 1971, alongside Antoinette Sibley.

Frederick Ashton created more than one hundred works during his lifetime (1904–88). For further information, please visit

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"Méditation" (pronounced: [meditasjɔ̃]) is a symphonic intermezzo from the opera Thaïs by French composer Jules Massenet. The piece is written for solo violin and orchestra. The opera premiered at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on March 16, 1894.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article Méditation (Thaïs), available under a Creative Commons license.