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Composer: Halévy, Jacques E. (1799-1862)

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Year of birth1799
Year of death1862
NationalityFrance
PeriodRomantic
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El-Khoury and Spyres celebrate French stars

Michael Spyres and Joyce El-Khoury in Les Martyrs © Russell Duncan (2014)
Rare repertoire, polished orchestral playing, thrilling singing – it's no wonder London's operatic cognoscenti were out in force.
****1
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La Reine de Chypre claims three tenor victims

Hervé Niquet and cast at the TCE © Gaëlle Astier-Perret
Richard Wagner, reviewing La Reine de Chypre for the Dresden Abend-Zeitung, praised Halévy's opera as “decidedly the best that has appeared on the Opéra's boards since Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots”. It's impossible not to agree. 
***11
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La Juive at Wiener Staatsoper

Olga Bezsmertna (Rachel) and Neil Shicoff (Eléazar) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Those who are able would be wise to scare up a ticket for Shicoff’s swansong – it would be a shame to miss an historic performance. 
****1
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The Merchant of Gothenburg: the return of La Juive

Michael Schmidberger (Cardinal Brogni) and Lars Cleveman (Eléazar) © Mats Bäcker
La Juive, Fromental Halévy's grand opéra, makes a powerful return to Gothenburg, the same city where it received its Swedish première 150 years ago, in Günther Krämer’s stark staging. 
****1
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La Reine de Chypre renaît au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées

© Gaëlle Astier-Perret
Le Théâtre des Champs-Élysées nous a permis de découvrir la Reine de Chypre, opéra oublié de Fromental Halévy, avec à l'affiche Hervé Niquet et Véronique Gens. Une oeuvre tout finesse et d'une grande efficacité dramatique.
***11
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