Watch a passionate tale of a dangerous and forbidden love affair, all set to gorgeous music written by the maestro Halévy. La Juive arrives at the Sydney Opera this summer!
Why Watch La Juive
Director Olivier Py puts a twist on the classic story of La Juive by setting it in 1930's France, with the Holocaust looming on the horizon. The opera is a moving look at love and persecution, and the impressive production only serves to accentuate that. Rotating sets fill the stage with a dark grandeur, and elegant, monochromatic costumes give the characters a timeless look. The score offers audiences the rare treat of two sopranos, two tenors and a world-class bass in leading roles, as well as many dramatic crowd scenes. Young sopranos Natalie Aroyan and Stacey Alleaume perform as Rachel and Princess Eudoxie. They both love the turbulent Prince Léopold (played by Shanul Sharma). Diego Torre plays Eléazar, Rachel’s father and Roberto Scandiuzzi plays the powerful Cardinal de Brogni.
A young Christian girl, secretly the daughter of Cardinal de Brogni, was rescued from a fire by Eléazar, a Jewish man. He raises her as a Jewish girl, and as an adult, she falls in love with a young Christian man, secretly Prince Leopold in disguise. But in their world, a Jew cannot love a Christian. The punishment is death. When it all comes out, Rachel faces two impossible choices: Deny her love, and save her lover. Deny her God, and save herself. Can love conquer hatred?
This is a rare chance to revel in the grand music of one of the older French operas. From elevating sacred choruses to impassioned arias, Halévy’s historic opera is a sure treat for opera lovers all over.
Fans of Halévy | Lovers of Opera
Know Before You Go
Suitable for ages 12 and up.
Sung in French with English surtitles
The Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House has a seating capacity of 1,507.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before the show, check out Overture Dining in the Northern Foyer of the Joan Sutherland Theatre.
Moderate Cancellation Policy
You may cancel up to 48 hours in advance for groups lesser than 8.
You will receive an email confirmation along with your mobile voucher shortly. Your tickets will be available at the Box Office of the Sydney Opera House about one hour before the performance. You will need to display a photo ID to collect your tickets.
We would recommend reaching the Theatre at least 30 minutes prior to you show.