Modern Premiere of La Creatione de’ Magistrati
Music by Giovanni Antonio Gianettini (1648—1721)
Libretto by Giovanni Battista Giardini (b.1650)
The prophet Moses learns to delegate in the modern premiere of Giovanni Antonio Gianettini’s 1688 oratorio La creatione de’ magistrati. Overwhelmed by his responsibilities as judge for his people, he is cautioned by his father-in-law, Jethro, to neglect neither the affairs of his household nor wife, Zipporah. With the appointment of judges to help him and while retaining a watchful eye, Moses restores balance to his household and government.
Seventeenth-century oratorio combined the tremendously popular music of the opera with stories chosen for the intellectual and spiritual enrichment of its listeners. The Academy of Sacred Drama continues this mission by uniting emotion, intellect, and community in presentations that incorporate great oratorios, contextual lectures, and community receptions.
Performers and Guest Speaker
Jeremy Rhizor, director and violin
Three voices and eight instrumentalists
Transcription & Translation
Edition by Jeremy Rhizor & Leili Zhang
Translation by Lucy Yates
View the facsimile of the musical manuscript in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena, Italy here.
View the facsimile of an original printed libretto in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena, Italy here.