LA JUIVE OPERA - History
The French Grand opera La
Juive was written in 1835 by librettist Eugène SCRIBE and composed by Jacques
Fromental HALÉVY, George Bizet’s father-in-law.
Throughout the 19th and early part of the 20th century, La
Juive was tremendously successful world-wide; in Paris alone,
the opera was performed more than 500 times.
The opera’s lead role of Jewish jeweler Eléazar
became Enrico Caruso’s favorite and most frequently played
part of his career. Both Wagner and Mahler were enthusiastic
and outspoken admirers of La Juive.
In 1936, however, La Juive was banned by the Nazi Regime in
Germany and soon vanished from the world stage altogether.
It was not performed in its entirety until the Vienna State
Opera staged a new production in the fall of 1999 as a vehicle
for American tenor NEIL SHICOFF.
the opera deals with RELIGIOUS FANATICISM AND INTOLERANCE,
the revival could not have occurred at a more appropriate time,
since it coincided with the election of a right-wing government
in Austria and the resurgence of religious conflicts all over the
Because of the instant success of La Juive in Vienna, major
opera houses including Paris, London, Berlin and Zurich have
added it into their upcoming programs, all starring Neil Shicoff.
The first production, however, started on November 6, 2003 at
the Metropolitan Opera in New York, 100 years after the opera
was first performed in the United States and for the first time