La Juive

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La Juive ("The Jewess") is a grand opera in five acts by Jacques Fromental Halévy (1799 - 1862)[1], with a French libretto by Eugène Scribe (1791-1861)[2].

Not to be confused with Scribe's other opera libretto, Le Juif Errant ("the Wandering Jew")

The title often misspelled in non-French sources, e.g. "La Juif", "La Juife", "Le Juive", etc.

The original text

The French work was first performed at the Opéra de Paris on 23 February 1835.

Translations and adaptations

The Scribe libretto was adapted into Dutch as a "Groot Melodrama" ("great melodrama") called De Jodin ("The Jewess") by W. Hempel ()[] and published in Utrecht by L.E. Bosch in 1838.

Performance history in South Africa

1892: Performed as De Jodin by amateurs drawn from the societies Aurora and De Eendracht in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 5 July, with Het Dorpspleidooi (Van Ray).

Sources

Facsimile version of the Dutch text by Hempel, Google E-book[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 451

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