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 Jacques Fromental Halevy

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Birth
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Death
17 Mar 1862 (aged 62)
Nice, Departement des Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Burial
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot
3rd division
Memorial ID
22128 View Source

Composer. He and Giacomo Meyerbeer were considered the "twin pillars" of 19th Century French Grand Opera. His masterpiece, "La Juive" ("The Jewess", 1835), was a staple of the Paris Opera repertory for nearly 100 years. Jacques-Francois-Fromental-Elie Halevy was born in Paris, a cantor's son. The family name was originally Levy. Entering the Paris Conservatory at age nine, he became a favorite pupil of that institution's director, Luigi Cherubini, and won the prestigious Prix de Rome for his cantata "Herminie" (1819). Cherubini backed his appointment as professor of harmony there in 1827, and of composition in 1840. "La Juive", with its spectacle, stirring choruses, and heartfelt melodies, took audiences by storm and established Halevy's reputation. Interestingly, its best known number, the aria "Rachel, quand du Seigneur", was a last-minute addition demanded by tenor Adolphe Nourrit, who created the role of Eleazar. That same season he had another resounding success with the intimate comedy "L'Eclair" (1835). On the strength of these he was elected to the Academie des Beaux-Arts in 1836. Halevy went on to write 40 more operas, and while several were hits - "Le Sherif" (1839), "La Reine de Chypre" (1841), "Charles VI" (1843), "Le Val d'Andorre" (1848), "Jaguarita l'Indienne" (1855) - they have long since vanished from the operatic stage. At the time of his death he was Secretary of the French Academy. Halevy's daughter Genevieve married one of his students, Georges Bizet, and his nephew Ludovic co-wrote the libretto for Bizet's "Carmen" (1875). "La Juive" continued to receive international performances until just before World War II and has experienced a mild resurgence in recent times.

Composer. He and Giacomo Meyerbeer were considered the "twin pillars" of 19th Century French Grand Opera. His masterpiece, "La Juive" ("The Jewess", 1835), was a staple of the Paris Opera repertory for nearly 100 years. Jacques-Francois-Fromental-Elie Halevy was born in Paris, a cantor's son. The family name was originally Levy. Entering the Paris Conservatory at age nine, he became a favorite pupil of that institution's director, Luigi Cherubini, and won the prestigious Prix de Rome for his cantata "Herminie" (1819). Cherubini backed his appointment as professor of harmony there in 1827, and of composition in 1840. "La Juive", with its spectacle, stirring choruses, and heartfelt melodies, took audiences by storm and established Halevy's reputation. Interestingly, its best known number, the aria "Rachel, quand du Seigneur", was a last-minute addition demanded by tenor Adolphe Nourrit, who created the role of Eleazar. That same season he had another resounding success with the intimate comedy "L'Eclair" (1835). On the strength of these he was elected to the Academie des Beaux-Arts in 1836. Halevy went on to write 40 more operas, and while several were hits - "Le Sherif" (1839), "La Reine de Chypre" (1841), "Charles VI" (1843), "Le Val d'Andorre" (1848), "Jaguarita l'Indienne" (1855) - they have long since vanished from the operatic stage. At the time of his death he was Secretary of the French Academy. Halevy's daughter Genevieve married one of his students, Georges Bizet, and his nephew Ludovic co-wrote the libretto for Bizet's "Carmen" (1875). "La Juive" continued to receive international performances until just before World War II and has experienced a mild resurgence in recent times.

Bio by: Bobb Edwards


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Jacques Fromental Halévy / né à Paris le 27 mai 1799 / mort à Nice / le 17 mars 1862

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  • Added: 12 May 2001
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 22128
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/22128/jacques-fromental-halevy: accessed ), memorial page for Jacques Fromental Halevy (27 May 1799–17 Mar 1862), Find a Grave Memorial ID 22128, citing Cimetière de Montmartre, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France; Maintained by Find a Grave .