The Academy of Sacred Drama—the NYC based artistic and intellectual community—presents the North American premiere of Antonio Draghi’s late seventeenth century Oratorio di Giuditta. The story depicts the Book of Judith’s heroine preserving her community and faith from a tyrant. Likely first performed at the chapel of the empress dowager, Eleonora, in 1668, the Academy’s performance will reflect the order of Eleonora’s oratorio services with a lecture by Yale faculty member Judith Malafronte replacing the original sermon.
Oratorio readings of the Academy of Sacred Drama include a musical performance by critically acclaimed early-music performers, a lecture, and a dessert break. Performances are prepared in conjunction with the release of an Academy Journal with specialist articles on oratorio themes and context for general readership.
Date, Time, Location, & Tickets
Performers & Guest Speaker
Jeremy Rhizor director and violin
Judith Malafronte guest speaker
Fiona Gillespie Jackson Giuditta
Sara MacKimmie Tomlin Abra
Padraic Costello Testo
Jonathan Woody Olofernes
Gene Stenger tenor
Lewis Baratz recorder
Evan Few violin
Arnie Tanimoto viola da gamba
Parker Ramsay harp
Adam Cockerham theorbo
Judith Malafronte harpsichord
The February 2018 Academy Journal explores the text and context of Antonio Draghi’s Oratorio di 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 Antonio Draghi’s Oratorio di Giuditta with an English translation of the anonymous libretto under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license in October 2018.
Edition by Jeremy Rhizor
Translation by Dr. Elisabeth Pace
View the facsimile of the manuscript in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna here.