Opera, Liberalism and Antisemitism In Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in Opera Series): The Politics of Halevy's La Juive

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This is the first critical study of the nineteenth-century French grand opera La Juive (Paris Opera, 1835) a powerful and successful work by the leading dramatist and librettist, Eugene Scribe, and conservatoire-trained composer, Fromental Halévy. Hallman explores the politically charged messages of the opera within the context of French social and cultural history. The book addresses the opera's portrayal of religious intolerance, Jewish-Christian conflict, and also considers the portrayal of the central Jewish characters in light of literary stereotypes and contradictory, antisemitic attitudes toward Jews in French society.
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"There is much to appreciate about Hallman's book...[It] is a gratifying addition for anyone wishing more information on the composer, the librettist, and the creation of this opera." Tom Kaufman, Opera Quarterly

"...an excellent resource for anyone interested in the field of nineteenth-century French opera or musicological studies." Music Educators Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521650861
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Opera Series
  • Pages: 390
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Hallman is Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Kentucky. She is a contributing author to the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera edited by David Charlton, and has written articles and reviews concerning Halévy and the politics of French grand opéra, as well as an article on the librettist Ludovic Halévy, in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, 1998. She was a featured speaker for the BBC's live broadcast of La Juive from the Vienna Staatsoper, 1999. Dr Hallman's research interests also include the history of American concert life and performance, and she is completing a book on turn-of-the-century Austrian-American pianist Fannie Bloomfield Zeisler.
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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; 1. The collaboration and rapprochement of the authors of La Juive; 2. The Halévys: citoyens and israélites of France; 3. The Council of Constance and the Voltairean critique; 4. Jewish-Christian opposition in music and drama; 5. Eléazar and Rachel as literary stereotypes; 6. The milieu of La Juive: Jewish imagery and identity in the July Monarchy; Epilogue; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Opera, Liberalism and Antisemitism In Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in Opera Series): The Politics of Halevy's La Juive

    The best book I have read since Operas of Verdi. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2002

    Opera, Liberalism and Antisemitism In Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge Studies in Opera Series): The Politics of Halevy's La Juive

    This is a must read for all those who love opera. An intiguing and insightful cultural study.

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