Written for all-female voices, this sole surviving oratorio by the “Red Priest” will be conducted by Vivaldi connoisseur Jean-Christophe Spinosi.
Marie-Nicole Lemieux Juditha
Ana Maria Labin Vagaus
Sonia Prina Holopherne
Benedetta Mazzucato Abra
Dara Savinova Ozias
Jean-Christophe Spinosi direction
Chœur de chambre Mélisme(s)
Sung in latin with French and English subtitles
Approximate running time
1st part: 1h10 - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 1h10
Juditha Triumphans, which was rediscovered in the 1920s with almost all of the composer’s other religious works, was written exclusively for female voices and was composed for the young girls at the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage where Vivaldi worked as maestro dei concerti. This institution, which housed Venetian orphans and provided them with musical training, was renowned for its excellent orchestra, choir and solo singers. The well-structured libretto, varied arias and orchestration make this a fine and rare example of Vivaldi’s sacred corpus.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées