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Jews and 19th Century French Grand Opera

Napoleon Bonaparte gave the French Jews complete emancipation;
two Jewish composers reigned supreme at the Opéra and established the style of Grand Opera.
Another, Jacques Offenbach, conquered the lighter vein with the Opéra bouffes.


Giacomo Meyerbeer

Napoleon Emancipates the Jews

Napoleon’s Emancipation
of the Jews


Fromenthal Halévy

Robert le Diable

Paris Opéra


Jacques Offenbach

Paris Synogogue 1830s

Paris Synogogue in 1830s

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