La Giuditta may refer to one of several Italian oratorios:
Each version of La Giuditta deals with the figure of Judith, from the Biblical Apocrypha, who liberated the besieged city of Bethulia by seducing and then beheading the enemy General Holofernes. Judith and Holofernes are the two main roles common to all versions. Incidental characters, such as, in the larger Scarlatti Giuditta, Achior, a captain so revolted by Holofernes' brutality that he defects to the Israelite army, do not occur in other versions.
Italian language oratorios
Scarlatti's Rome Giuditta
Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta, Rome, 1693. Libretto by Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni. "Scarlatti considered it his finest oratorio, and its dramatic structure, rapidly interweaving brief scenes in Holofernes's camp with events in the troubled city, is remarkable."
- Giuditta: Maria Zadori, Oloferne: Drew Minter, Achior: Guy de Mey, Capella Savaria dir. Nicholas McGegan. Hungaroton, HCD 12910
- Giuditta: Gloria Banditelli, Rossana Bertini, Silvia Picollo, Europa galante dir. Fabio Biondi. Opus 111, OPS 30-96.
- Giuditta: Céline Ricci, Oloferne (countertenor): Martin Oro. Achior (tenor): Vincenzo Di Donato. Parlement de Musique. dir. Martin Gester. Ambronay.
Scarlatti's Cambridge Giuditta
Alessandro Scarlatti: La Giuditta, Rome or Naples 1697, Libretto by Prince Antonio Ottoboni, father of the cardinal. This smaller setting for three voices, strings and basso continuo, is known today as the "Cambridge" Giuditta, since its manuscript is conserved in the Rowe Music Library of King's College, Cambridge.
- Giuditta: Rosita Frisani, Oloferne: Mario Nuvoli, Nutrice: Marco Lazzara. Alessandro Stradella Consort, dir. Estevan Velardi. Bongiovanni 2006
- Giuditta: Sophie Landy. Oloferne: Carl Ghazarossian. Nutrice: Raphaël Pichon. Ensemble Baroque di Nice, dir. Gilbert Bezzina. live 2008.
Francisco António de Almeida: La Giuditta
- Giuditta: Gloria Banditelli. Oloferne: Antonio Abete, Giuditta Colombo, Geraldine Roux, Paolo Tognon. Concerto Köln, René Jacobs. Harmonia Mundi.
- Metastasio's libretto, printed in some editions as Giuditta, is better known as Betulia liberata ("The Liberation of Bethulia"), K. 118, 1771. The original libretto by Metastasio was for Georg Reutter II (1734), and also set by 30 other composers, including the 15-year old Mozart.
- Marco da Gagliano La Giuditta 1626; three-act opera (lost), libretto Andrea Salvadori, used as the basis for the Judith of Martin Opitz (1635).
- Maurizio Cazzati, Bologna 24 March 1668. Libretto Count Astorre Orsi.
- Antonio Draghi, Vienna 1668
- Marc' Antonio Ziani Vienna 1686
- Antonio Lotti La Giuditta a 3 voci, Vienna 1701
- Carlo Badia, Vienna 1704
- Benedetto Marcello, 1709 to his own libretto
- Carlo Badia (second setting), Vienna 1710
- Giuseppe Porsile, Vienna 1723
These oratorios are generally listed under Latin names: