Can love ever drive out hatred?
A young couple begin a dangerous, passionate affair. In their world, a Jew cannot love a Christian. The punishment is death. When it all comes out, Rachel faces two impossible choices. Deny her love, and save her lover. Deny her God, and save herself.
Secrets, sex and bitter religious rivalries lead to human tragedy on a grand scale.
This is a rare chance to revel in the gorgeous music of one of the grand French operas. From stunning sacred choruses to impassioned arias, Halévy’s epic opera is a treat.
Director Olivier Py’s production is a moving look at love and persecution.
Set in 1930s France with elegant, monochromatic costumes, the production offers glimpses of the Holocaust to come. Impressive rotating sets fill the stage with a dark grandeur.
The score offers audiences the rare treat of two sopranos, two tenors and a world-class bass in leading roles, as well as many dramatic crowd scenes.
Young sopranos Natalie Aroyan and Stacey Alleaume perform as Rachel and Princess Eudoxie.
They both love the conflicted Prince Léopold (Shanul Sharma). Diego Torre is an impassioned Eléazar, Rachel’s father. He faces off against Roberto Scandiuzzi as the powerful Cardinal de Brogni.
Presented by Opera Australia.