Although "La Juive" is the only work by Fromental Halévy that we're likely to hear today, he was actually among the most successful composers of his time. Halévy's many, distinguished admirers included Hector Berlioz, Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler, who said of "La Juive," "I am absolutely overwhelmed by this wonderful, majestic work. I regard it as one of the greatest operas ever created."
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "La Juive" from the Vienna State Opera. The stars are tenor Neil Shicoff as Eléazar and soprano Soile Isokoski as Rachel, the opera's title character, in a production led by conductor Simone Young.
Eléazar: Neil Shicoff (tenor)
Rachel: Soile Isokoski (soprano)
Cardinal Brogni: Alastair Miles (bass)
Prince Leopold: Zoran Todorovic (tenor)
Princess Eudoxie: Regina Schörg (soprano)
Ruggiero: Istvan Gáti (baritone)
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Simone Young, conductor