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Venue

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney

Language

Sung in French with English surtitles.

Running time

Approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes, including one interval.

Production Patron

Proudly supported by

La Juive Syndicate

From her to oblivion…Can love ever drive out hatred?

A young couple begin a dangerous, passionate affair. In their world, a Jew cannot love a Christian. The punishment is death. When it all comes out, Rachel faces two impossible choices. Deny her love, and save her lover. Deny her God, and save herself.

Secrets, sex and bitter religious rivalries result in human tragedy on a grand scale.

This is a rare chance to revel in the gorgeous music of one of the great French operas. From sacred choruses to impassioned arias, Halévy’s epic opera is a tour-de-force.

Director Olivier Py’s production takes a haunting look at love and persecution.

Set in 1930s France with elegant, monochromatic costumes, the production offers glimpses of the Holocaust to come. Impressive rotating sets fill the stage with a dark grandeur.

The score offers audiences the rare gift of two sopranos, two tenors and a bass in leading roles, as well as dramatic crowd scenes.

Soprano Natalie Aroyan performs as Rachel with Diego Torre as her father, the impassioned Eléazar. Award-winning Shanul Sharma is Leopold. Lyric Coloratura Soprano Esther Song performs as Princess Eudoxie.

A Co-Production between Opera Australia and the Opéra national de Lyon.

Cast & Creative

Conductor
Director
Revival Director
Set & Costume Designer
Pierre-André Weitz
Lighting Designer
Rachel
Eléazar
Leopold
Princess Eudoxie
Cardinal Brogni
Ruggiero
Albert
Herald
1st Man of the People
2nd Man of the People
Officer
Executioner

Opera Australia Chorus
Opera Australia Orchestra

Cheat Sheet: La Juive

Everything you need to know about this rarely performed epic opera

What happens in the story? Who was the composer? What should I expect from the music? Here’s everything you need to know…

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COVID Safety

Our performances will comply with all Public Health Orders and adhere to our epidemiologist-approved COVID-Safe Plan, including any requirement at the time of the performance that audience members be vaccinated. Full details of our COVID-Safe Plan will be published online closer to the event.

La Juive at Opera de Lyon (2016)

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La Juive at Opera de Lyon (2016)

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La Juive at Opera de Lyon (2016)

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La Juive at Opera de Lyon (2016)

Copyright: Stofleth

La Juive at Opera de Lyon (2016)

Copyright: Stofleth

La Juive at Opera de Lyon (2016)

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The Story

Rachel is young, Jewish and beautiful. Léopold is rich, Christian and already married. But he disguises his identity to begin an affair with Rachel and they fall in love.

When Rachel and her father Eléazar uncover his identity, they fear for her life. Relationships between Jews and Christians are forbidden on pain of death for the Jew and exile for the Christian.

Secrets and lies go back generations in this impossible love story, and Rachel’s father is hiding the biggest secret of all.

When the affair is discovered, Rachel faces two impossible choices. Deny her love, and save her lover. Deny her God, and save herself.

What will she do?”

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