Le Juif Errant

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Le Juif Errant ("the Wandering Jew") is a French opera with a libretto by Eugène Scribe and Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges.

Not to be confused with Scribe's other opera libretto for La Juive ("the Jewess").

The original text

Based on the novel of the same name by Sue, the opera opened at the Paris Opera (Salle Le Peletier) on 23 April 1852, and had 48 further performances over two seasons.

Performance history in South Africa

Translated/adapted into Dutch as De Zwervende Jood ("The Wandering Jew") by Joseph Suasso de Lima, the play was performed in Cape Town in 1837. The translation was never published.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 256-265, 374

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