French playwright Jean Anouilh wrote his “Antigone” during the Nazi occupation of France. It became a symbol of resistance as freedom fighters viewed the heroine’s defiance as a crie de cœur of patriotism. The play, written with a modern sensibility, is based on the Greek tragedy of the princess who dies for burying her brother’s corpse against the orders of her dictator uncle. Its parallels to modern times are exciting and provocative. Fusion Theatre, whose mission is to strengthen classic plays with the great art of opera, will present the work May 17 to 28 at The Studio Theatre in Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, directed by Eilin O’Dea. The production will use the 1946 translation by Lewis Galantière, which is distinguished in itself, but will be enhanced by sung selections from five classic operas. All members of the cast have a rare combination of talents: they are masterful opera singers who are also accomplished actors.