Halévy's 'La Juive' From Vienna

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Vienna State Opera house (Johannes Simon/Getty Images/Getty)
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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.

Cast:

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

Comments [1]

Marianne Leitmetzerin from Wien

I just thought I'd mention that this live performance is from an ORF (Austrian Radio) broadcast from October or November 1999. A Livestream broadcast of the opera with Shicoff was scheduled for March 2015 but was cancelled after Shicoff cancelled two of four scheduled performances (one of which had to be changed to another opera as no cover was available for Shicoff).

May. 28 2015 09:59 PM

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