a Baroque-style artistic and intellectual community

The Academy of Sacred Drama is a society of amateur and professional musicians, writers, and artists and their advocates who explore history, music, and culture through the philosophical and storytelling lens of Baroque-era sacred dramatic music.

The Academy is a not-for-profit corporation in the State of New York and is federally recognized as a tax exempt public charity under IRC Section 501 (c) (3). Donations are tax deductible.

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Draghi’s Giuditta

The Academy of Sacred Drama is pleased to present the North American Premiere of Antonio Draghi’s Giuditta. The Academy 2017-2018 season features three Italian oratorios based upon the deuterocanonical Book of Judith. Determined to reverse the cruel fate of her city, Judith captivates the commander of the enemy forces with her beauty and decapitates him in the night. Oratorio Readings include a musical performance, lecture, and dessert break.

Date, Time, Location, & Tickets

Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT  map

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Christ Chapel at Riverside Church, NYC  map
NYC TICKETS  $50, $25, $15

Performers & Guest Speaker

Jeremy Rhizor director and violin

Academy Journal

The March 2018 Academy Journal explores the text and context of Antonio Draghi’s Giuditta, takes a look at the Academy format, highlights the efforts of other organizations offering performances of Baroque-era sacred music, and draws upon expert commentary and Academy of Sacred Drama member contributions. Become a member to receive an Academy Journal subscription.

Transcription & Translation

The Academy will release a new and free performing edition of Domenico Freschi’s Giuditta with an English translation of Francesco Silvani’s libretto under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license on October 1, 2018.

Edition by Jeremy Rhizor
Translation by Dr. Elisabeth Pace


View the facsimile of the manuscript in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna here.

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Academy Players

The Academy Players are musical ambassadors for the Academy of Sacred Drama. Founded at The Juilliard School and reestablished through the Academy of Sacred Drama, the ensemble participated in the Academy’s first Oratorio Reading of Charpentier’s Mors Saülis et Jonathae in its inaugural year as well as performing instrumental music at Juilliard at Aiken and in prestigious NYC venues such as the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Miller Theater at Columbia University, and the MET Museum. 2016-2017 performances featured French and Italian trio sonatas in New York and Minnesota.

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Become a Member

Baroque-era academies brought together professional artists of various disciplines as well as noble patrons to collectively explore issues of literary and musical taste and to participate in coordinated creations of art and music. The Academy of Sacred Drama continues this tradition by uniting the efforts of amateurs and professionals in the exploration of largely forgotten Baroque-era oratorios. Professionals, amateurs, and supporters of the arts are invited to become members.

Membership Rates (Aug 2017—Dec 2017)

⃞   Member—Professional ($0)*
⃞   Member—Individual ($65)
⃞   Member—Dual ($100)
⃞   Founding Member—Individual ($100)
⃞   Founding Member—Dual ($150)
⃞   Founding Benefactor—Individual ($250)
⃞   Founding Benefactor—Dual ($350)

* Professional musicians, artists, and writers who participate in Oratorio Readings, exhibitions, or the Academy Journal receive a free membership for one year from the month of the public presentation of their work.

Member Benefits

Members receive a subscription to the Academy Journal, invitations to member potlucks and the Academy Gala, and are eligible to participate in member programs.

Membership Form

To become a member, fill out the form below, and press submit. We will email you within 24 hours with a link to choose a membership tier and pay for it with a credit card or paypal account. If you would prefer to mail a check, follow these check instructions. If you have any questions, email membership@academyofsacreddrama.org.