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    Juditha triumphans

    Antonio Vivaldi

    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
    Marie-Nicole Lemieux © Geneviève Lesieur
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi
    Jean-Christophe Spinosi © François Berthier

    Marie-Nicole Lemieux Juditha
    Ana Maria Labin Vagaus
    Sonia Prina Holopherne
    Benedetta Mazzucato Abra
    Dara Savinova Ozias

    Jean-Christophe Spinosi direction
    Ensemble Matheus
    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