The Man at the Crossroads

Gianettini’s L’huomo in bivio
American premiere of the 1687 oratorio

Midday Preview with Mime
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 1:15 PM
The Chapel at St. Bartholomew’s Church
325 Park Ave, New York, NY
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Saturday, November 23, 2019
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Church House, White Plains Presbyterian Church
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
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St. Vincent Ferrer Church
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Gianettini’s Italian-language oratorio L’huomo in bivio depicts a man at the crossroads between Heaven and Hell. An eloquent exchange between the man (Huomo), his guardian angel (Angelo), a demon (Demonio), and the narrator (Testo) weighs pleasure versus sanctity as the purpose and summit of the man’s life.

PerformersProgramLecture
Musicians, Choreographer, and Guest Speaker

Jeremy Rhizor, director and violin
Tony Lopresti, mime and choreographer
Marc Bellassai, harpsichord and guest speaker

Nola Richardson, Angelo (soprano)
Andrew Padgett, Demonio (bass-baritone)
Clifton Massey, Huomo (countertenor)
Michael Jones, Testo (tenor)

Chloe Fedor, violin
Arnie Tanimoto, cello
Arash Noori, theorbo

Program Information

L’huomo in bivio (1687)
composer: Antonio Gianettini 1648–1721

Edition based on manuscript in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena
edition: Jeremy Rhizor and Leili Zhang

Translation based on 1687 printed libretto in Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena
translation: Mara Gerety

The Academy of Sacred Drama‘s oratorio performances move beyond passive entertainments to engaging experiences of cultural value through the organization’s rediscovery of forgotten musical treasures, restoration of historical performance formats, and unification of high-quality music-making with social and intellectual exploration. Believed to be the American premiere of Antonio Gianettini’s L’huomo in bivio, the Academy’s November 2019 performances will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the revival of this masterful full-scale work in a format that parallels its premiere. The social and intellectual dimensions of L’huomo will be explored through a contextual lecture set between oratorio halves and a brief reception after the lecture.

Marc Bellassai has degrees from the Oberlin conservatory [BMus ’85, Harpsichord], Indiana University [MMus ’89 and Artist Diploma] and, as a Fulbright IIE scholar from 1994-6, studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and the instrument collection of the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy. He was a student of harpsichordists Lisa Goode Crawford, Elisabeth Wright, and Laura Alvini, and now performs with a number of ensembles from Baltimore to New York. His interests include early keyboard performance practice, basso continuo, organology, art history, and the music and literature of the Italian seicento/settecento. He currently teaches Harpsichord, Art History, and directs the Early Music Ensemble at Towson University.