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Halévy

La Juive

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera HouseJuly 14 – August 7, 2020

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Tue 14.7.20
7:00 PM
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Sat 18.7.20
12:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Thu 23.7.20
7:00 PM
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Thu 30.7.20
7:00 PM
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Sat 1.8.20
7:00 PM
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Hear the story behind the opera. Join us 45 minutes before this performance when a member of Opera Australia's artistic team will share their insights into the opera. Held in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre, this informal and informative talk will help you to get the most out of your opera experience.

Fri 7.8.20
7:00 PM
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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 lead to human tragedy on a grand scale. This is a rare chance to revel in the gorgeous music of one of the grand French operas. From stunning sacred choruses to impassioned arias, Halévy’s epic opera is a treat.

Director Olivier Py’s production is a moving 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 treat of two sopranos, two tenors and a world-class bass in leading roles, as well as many dramatic crowd scenes.

Young sopranos Natalie Aroyan and Stacey Alleaume perform as Rachel and Princess Eudoxie.

They both love the conflicted Prince Léopold (Shanul Sharma). Diego Torre is an impassioned Eléazar, Rachel’s father. He faces off against Roberto Scandiuzzi as the powerful Cardinal de Brogni.


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Conductor

Guillaume Tourniaire

Director

Olivier Py

Revival Director

Daniel Izzo

Set & Costume Designer

Pierre-André Weitz

Lighting Designer

Bertrand Killy

   
Rachel

Natalie Aroyan

Princess Eudoxie

Stacey Alleaume

Eléazar

Diego Torre

Prince Léopold

Shanul Sharma

Cardinal de Brogni

Roberto Scandiuzzi

Ruggiero

Gennadi Dubinsky

Albert

Richard Anderson

Herald

David Parkin

Opera Australia Chorus

Opera Australia Orchestra


Please note: this production contains themes of discrimination against Jewish people and some references to the Holocaust.


Running time: approximately 3 hours & 15 minutes, including one interval.


Sung in French with English surtitles.


Production Patron

Philip Bacon Galleries

Proudly supported by

La Juive Donor Circle

The StoryHide

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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