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)