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La Juive

Thursday

15.09.2022

19:30 — Grand Théâtre de Genève

OSR & GTG

programme

Marc Minkowski
conductor

David Alden
stage director

Chœur du Grand Théâtre de Genève
choir

La Juive

Opera by Fromental Halévy
Libretto by Eugène Scribe
First performed in 1835 at the Académie royale de musique
Last performed at the Grand Théâtre de Genève 1926-1927

Gideon Davey  Scenography

Jon Morrell Costumes Designer

D.M. Wood Lighting Designer

Maxine Braham Movement

Alan Woodbridge Choir Director

Ioan Hotea Léopold

Elena Tsallagova Princess Eudoxie

Dmitry Ulyanov Cardinal Brogni

Leon Kosavic Ruggiero / Albert

Coproduction with Teatro Real de Madrid


the music

Here is another monument to the fascinating and questionable genre of French grand opera: Fromental Halévy's La Juive (1835). La Juive was Halévy's first great success, with its colossal spectacle and final execution scene, the stuff of operatic legend.

Beneath its sumptuous stage finery, La Juive speaks of religious intolerance, imperialism and the tragedy of medieval Jewish life in Europe threatened by Catholic fanaticism and forced to migrate constantly. The goldsmith Éléazar and his daughter, the beautiful Rachel, take in a young man who introduces himself as Samuel, but the truth and the price of love will only too soon become clear to the protagonists.

American director David Alden will treat the harsh and disturbing plot of La Juive with his trademark sense of irony and black comedy. At his side to rekindle this complicated, exciting and dangerous operatic artefact, Marc Minkowski reigns as the undisputed maestro of French grand opera.



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