Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update
We’ve cancelled all performances of La Juive at Sydney Opera House due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you have tickets to a cancelled performance, you'll receive an email with details about how to refund or exchange your tickets.
Updated Monday 11 May.
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.
Enjoy dinner before the opera at Sydney Opera House
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 5:30pm at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre. You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $72, including a glass of Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco on arrival. View the menu.
Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting tickets. If you already have tickets, simply sign in to your account and go to 'upcoming performances' to add a dinner reservation.
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|Assistant Director||Tabatha McFadyen|
Set & Costume Designer
Cardinal de Brogni
Running time: approximately 3 hours & 15 minutes, including one interval.
Proudly supported by
La Juive Donor Circle
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?
Dinner at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre
Allow us to make your dinner reservation for you: 90 minutes before your performance begins at Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
You'll be served a themed three-course menu for just $72, including a glass of Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco on arrival. Simply add dinner to your cart after selecting your tickets.
A glass of NV Viticoltori Ponte Prosecco
Warm bread roll, pepe saya butter (gluten free available)
Salmon ceviche with raw daikon, pickled kohlrabi, shiso and rice crackers GF, DF
Calabrese salad, heirloom tomato, almond ricotta, confit shallot vinaigrette, olives and basil DF, GF, VG
Roasted chicken supreme, butternut pumpkin, roasted pepita crumble and burnt butter GF
Spiced cauliflower, crushed roasted eggplant and tomato, cumin and green grape, chilli chutney V, GF
Young leaves and watercress with lemon vinaigrette GF, DF, V
Dulce de leche centred chocolate fondant with spiced whipped cream V
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This production of La Juive contains themes of discrimination against Jewish people.
This production includes some references to the Holocaust.
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