Against the background of the July Revolution of 1830, two libretti were written for the Grand Opéra in Paris by Eugène Scribe, probably the best-known poet of the July Monarchy: “La Juive” and Les Huguenots". Both operas are closely related to the politicial history of France.
Fromental Halévy composed La Juive in 1835, and Giacomo Meyerbeer, “Les Huguenots” in 1836; there are almost identical passages in the libretti of the two operas. From first sketch (1832/33) to the final version, the libretto of La Juive was extensively revised; even the allocation of roles was different in the beginning. “La Juive” stands in the long tradition of operas going back to the 17th century, where the misdeeds of the powerful are held before our eyes as a warning and deterrent.
The premiere took place on 23 February 1835. The opera became a great success with the public and was vigorously discussed in the contemporary press. The Vocal score is based on the score edited by Karl Leich-Galland, published in 2004 (AE 340).
- Clear music setting; practical performing Vocal score.
- Original French text with German singing translation.
- Foreword in three languages (French, German, English).
- Performance material available for hire AE340-72.