Published 24 March 2014

La Juive – frighteningly topical opera

Although the work is almost 200 years, Fromental Halévy's opera La Juive has a frighteningly powerful connection to the current social climate. In this production from Vilnius, the action has been relocated to the time of the Second World War, when xenophobia spread all over Europe. At The Göteborg Opera, director Günter Krämer has chosen to further emphasise the danger in all forms of fundamentalism.

La Juive is about two Jewish people's alienation, portrayed through intrigue, love and oppression. This work, from 1835, was hugely popular at first but later sank into obscurity, and has recently gained increasing international distribution. At the centre of the action is the Jewess Rachel, her father Éléazar, a goldsmith, and the Christian Prince Léopold, with whom Rachel falls in love. The Prince is betrothed to Princess Eudoxie, but conceals his identity from Rachel, resulting in forbidden love across borders with brutal consequences.

This production comes from the Lithuanian national stage for opera and ballet in Vilnius, where it premièred 15 October 2004. The director is Günter Krämer, who has in the past produced yet another version of the piece at Wiener Staatsoper and the Metropolitan Opera. Conductor Pierre Vallet is an expert in this type of repertoire and is otherwise active at the Metropolitan Opera. The internationally reknowned French soprano Mireille Delunsch is doing a special performance for the first time at The Göteborg Opera as the young Rachel. Lars Cleveman , who was last seen in Tristan and Isolde at The Göteborg Opera , plays her father, the Jewish goldsmith Éléazar Prince Léopold is played by Finnish tenor Tuomas Katajala. Princess Eudoxie will be played by soprano Regina Šilinskaitė who replaces the previously announced Ida Falk Winland. Regina Šilinskaitė has previously played the part in Vilnius.

With The Göteborg Opera Chorus, The Göteborg Opera Orchestra, extra chorus, extras and child extras.

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For review tickets please contact Jenny Jernberg. The performance will last approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes, including intermission. Press images are at

La Juive
An opera by Fromental Halévy
Libretto Eugène Scribe
Première 5 April 2014, ten performances up to and including 18 May 2014
Performed in French with Swedish surtitles
Conductor Pierre Vallet
Director, set designer Günter Krämer
Costume designer Isabel Glathar
Lighting designer Joakim Brink

Rachel Mireille Delunsch
Éléazar Lars Cleveman
Léopold Tuomas Katajala
Princess Eudoxide Regina Šilinskaitė
Cardinal de Brogni Michael Schmidberger
Ruggiero Mats Persson
Albert Jonas Landström
The Göteborg Opera Chorus
The Göteborg Opera Orchestra
extra chorus, extras and child extras

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