for forthcoming uk programmes of jewish or israeli interest

Halévy: La Juive

tomorrow evening (saturday 9th), 6.30-9.30pm, on bbc radio 3
halévy: la juive (introduced by alexandra wilson) (in the opera on 3 series)

“Although Fromental Halévy wrote almost forty operas, La Juive is the only opera of his that we’re likely to hear today, but it is an early high point of French grand opera and was one of the most performed works in the nineteenth century. Halévy was among the most successful composers of his time, and his distinguished admirers included Berlioz, Wagner and Mahler, who regarded La Juive as one of the greatest operas ever created.
The libretto was by Scribe, a dramatic writer of the time too, but despite the opera’s grandeur, La Juive tells a profoundly human story, of an impossible love between a Christian man and a Jewish woman.”

(if you miss it, available at


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