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03 May 2018 (Thu), 19:00 Mikhailovsky Classical Ballet and Opera Theatre (established 1833) - Opera "La Juive (The Jewess)" grand opera in five acts

Running time: 3 hours 45 minutes (till 22:45)

Schedule for "La Juive (The Jewess)" grand opera in five acts 2020

Tenor: Dmitry Korchak

Musical Director: Peter Feranec
Composer: Fromental Halevy
Principal Chorus Master: Vladimir Stolpovskikh

Orchestra: Mikhailovsky Symphony Orchestra
Opera company: Mikhailovsky Opera

Premiere of this production: February 23, 1835, Paris Opera, Paris, France

opera in three acts, five scenes
Music: Jacques-Francois-Fromental-Elie Halevy
Libretto: Eugene Scribe
Musical Director: Peter Feranec
Stage Director: Arnaud Bernard
Stage Designer: Herbert Murauer
Costumes Co-Designer: Eva-Mareike Uhlig
Lighting Designer: Reinhard Traub
Director: Yulia Prokhorova
Principal Chorus Master: Vladimir Stolpovskikh
Choreographer: Maria Bolshakova
Assistant Directors: Stefano Trespidi, Diane Chevre-Clement, Vyacheslav Kalyuzhny
Assistant Conductor: Mikhail Leontyev
Rehearsal Conductor: Andrey Velikanov
Rehearsal Conductor and Style Consultant: Franck Villard
Chorus Masters: Sergey Tsyplyonkov, Alexey Dmitriyev
Principal Pianists: Marc Veiner, Maria Kopyseva
French language Consultants: Fabrice and Lyudmila Scheid
Stage Managers: Olga Kokh, Norina Sokolskaya
Assistant to Stage Manager: Daria Panteleyeva

Sets and costumes were produced in the artistic workshops of Vozrozhdenie, Ltd. Premiere of the production: February 19, 2010

The Mikhailovsky Theatre turns to the opera that became a cornerstone of the French opera repertoire. La Juive by Jacques Francois Fromental Halevy is a masterpiece of grand style of the early 19th century. In the productions of the grand style visual effects prevailed over the musical and dramatic logic, however, very soon the trend was conceived as a most convincing implementation of the synthetic nature of musical theatre. The opera combines the elements of lyricism, dramatism and sonority. La Juive is notable for its brilliant vocal parts and complex ensembles.
The production at the Mikhailovsky Theatre by the French stage director Arnaud Bernard and stage designer Herbert Murauer adapts the arresting storyline to modern times.
The unique personality means nothing for the impersonal wheels of state and the opposition is treated taking into account the experience of several generations, who really know the nature of totalitarianism. The opera is set in the city of Constance in 1414 during the time of persecution of Jews. Through the story of an impossible love between a Christian man and a Jewish woman, the work may be seen as a plea for religious tolerance.


Events before the opera begins

The following is a summary of events which took place before the first act of the opera, some of which are only revealed in the course of the action.

When he was young, the Jew Eleazar had lived in Italy near Rome and witnessed the condemnation and executions of his sons as heretics by Count Brogni. Eleazar himself was banished and forced to flee to Switzerland.

During his journey, Eleazar found a baby near death, abandoned inside a burnt-out house which turned out to be the home of the Count. Bandits had set fire to the house tried to kill the entire family of Brogni unaware that the Count himself was in Rome at the time.

Eleazar took the child, a girl, and raised it as his own daughter, naming her Rachel. Brogni discovered the ruins of his house and the bodies of his family upon his return and subsequently became a priest and later, a cardinal.

At the beginning of the opera, Rachel (now a young woman) is living with her "father" in the city of Constance. It is the year 1414; the forces of the Holy Roman Emperor Sigismund have defeated the Hussites, in battles where Prince Leopold has distinguished himself. The Council of Constance, convened by Antipope John XXIII has been arranged to resolve Church matters. John XXIII is represented there by Cardinal Brogni, who was a historical personage. His part in the story of the opera is however entirely fictional.

Act 1

A square in the city of Constance in 1414

Eleazar is a goldsmith. The crowd condemns him for working during a day dedicated to Church festivities. He is saved from a lynching by the arrival of Brogni, who in the process recognises Eleazar as his old adversary.

Lйopold arrives in disguise as a young Jewish artist Samuel. Rachel is in love with Samuel and knows nothing of his true identity. Local laws reflect prejudice against the Jews: if a Jew and a Christian have sexual relations, the Christian is excommunicated and the Jew is killed. Leopold is thus taking a great risk in this affair, especially as he is already married to the Princess Eudoxie. The crowd returns to attack Eleazar, but 'Samuel' secretly instructs his troops to calm things down. The act closes with a grand triumphal procession.

Act 2

Inside the house of Eleazar

Rachel has invited Leopold for the Passover celebration in Eleazar's house. He is present while Eleazar and the other Jews sing their Passover prayers. Rachel becomes anxious when she notices that Lйopold refuses to eat the piece of unleavened bread that she has given him. He reveals to her that he is a Christian, without telling her his true identity. Rachel is horrified and reminds him of the terrible consequences of such a relationship.

Eudoxie enters - at which Leopold hides - to order from Eleazar a valuable jewel for a present for her husband.

After Eudoxie leaves, Leopold promises to take Rachel away with him. She tries to resist, worrying about abandoning her father, but as she is about to succumb to his advances, they are confronted by Eleazar, who curses Lйopold before the latter runs off.

Act 3

Magnificent gardens

Rachel, who has followed 'Samuel' to the Palace, offers her services as a lady's maid to Eudoxie. Eleazar arrives at the palace to deliver the jewel. He and Rachel recognise Leopold as 'Samuel'. Rachel declares that Leopold seduced her before the assembly and she, Eleazar and Leopold are arrested and placed in prison, on the instructions of Brogni.

Act 4

A gothic interior

Eudoxie asks to see Rachel in prison, and persuades her to withdraw her allegations. Rachel agrees; Brogni agrees to commute Leopold's sentence, and to spare Rachel and Eleazar if they convert. Eleazar at first answers that he would rather die, but then makes plans to avenge himself. He reminds the Cardinal of the fire in his house near Rome many years before and tells the Cardinal that his infant daughter did not die. He says that she was saved by a Jew and that only he knows who he is. If he dies, his secret will die with him. Brogni begs him to tell him where his daughter is, but in vain. Eleazar sings of the vengeance that he will have in dying, but he suddenly remembers that he will be responsible for the death of Rachel. The only way to save her is to admit that the Cardinal is her father and that she is not Jewish but Christian. The act ends with the opera's most famous aria, Eleazar's 'Rachel, quand du Seigneur'. At the point where he has almost persuaded himself to concede, he hears the people shouting for his death and resolves that he will never give Rachel back to the Christians.

Act 5

A large tent supported by Gothic columns

Eleazar and Rachel are brought to the gallows where they will be thrown in a pot of boiling water. Rachel is terrified. Eleazar explains that she can be saved if she converts to Christianity. She refuses and climbs to the gallows before him. As the people are singing various prayers, Brogni asks Eleazar if his daughter is still alive. Eleazar says that she is and when Brogni asks where she can be found, Eleazar points to cauldron, saying "There she is!" He then climbs to his own death while the Cardinal falls on his knees. The opera ends with a chorus of monks, soldiers and the people singing "It is done and we are avenged on the Jews!"


Role Voice type
Eleazar, a Jewish goldsmith tenor
Rachel, his daughter, the "Jewess" of the title soprano
Prince Leopold tenor
Princess Eudoxie, niece of the emperor soprano
Gian Francesco, Cardinal of Brogni, President of the Council bass
Ruggiero, city provost baritone
Albert, ‘’a sergeant’’ bass
A herald baritone
Two drinkers tenor, bass
Officer tenor
Majordomo baritone
Executioner baritone
Emperor Sigismund Silent

Wikipedia - La Juive

Schedule for "La Juive (The Jewess)" grand opera in five acts 2020

"La Juive" - Mikhailovsky Theatre
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Opera in three acts, five scenes

Music: Jacques-François-Fromental-Élie Halévy
Libretto: Eugène Scribe
Musical Director and Conductor: Peter Feranec
Stage Director: Arnaud Bernard
Stage Designer: Herbert Murauer
Costumes Co-Designer: Eva-Mareike Uhlig
Lighting Designer: Reinhard Traub

Premiere of the production: February 19, 2010

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