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.