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Finding Eléazar: Portrait of a Tenor and a Role Details

  • Release Date: May 01, 2004
  • Runtime: 1 hr. 18 min.
  • Genres: Biography, Culture & Society, Music History, Opera, Social Issues, Music
  • Director:Paula Heil Fisher
  • Cast:Neil Shicoff.


In 1835, French composer Jacques Fromental Halevy created a sensation with his opera La Juive, which told the story of Eléazar, a Jewish merchant who rescues and adopts a Gentile daughter, but is later forced to choose between his child and his religion. The show was widely acclaimed, and the legendary tenor [[Performer~P398253~Enrico Caruso~enricocaruso]] once declared Eléazar his favorite role. But after La Juive was banned in Europe during the Nazi occupation of World War II for its condemnation of anti-Semitism and intolerance, the opera fell out of favor until celebrated classical vocalist [[Performer~P65284~Neil Shicoff~neilshicoff]] took it upon himself to bring the work back into circulation. After spearheading a production of La Juive at the Vienna State Opera, [[Performer~P65284~Shicoff~neilshicoff]] was cast as Eléazar in a production at New York's famous Metropolitan Opera House, with filmmaker [[Performer~P100370~Sidney Lumet~sidneylumet]] agreeing to make a music video based on one of the show's arias. Finding Eléazar: Portrait of a Tenor and a Role offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Met's production of La Juive, as well as [[Performer~P65284~Shicoff~neilshicoff]]'s often temperamental relationship with his collaborators and his own convictions about the opera as the son of a cantor. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 1, 2004


Paula Heil Fisher
Paula Heil Fisher
Jody L. Jorgensen
Paula Heil Fisher
Matthias Visser
Peter Rosen
Eugene Kohn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jody L. Jorgensen
Matthias Visser
Karen Veitl
Executive Producer