La Giuditta

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To be distinguished from Giuditta a German operetta by Franz Lehár.

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[edit]

Scarlatti's Rome Giuditta[edit]

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."[1]

Recordings:
  • 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.[2]

Scarlatti's Cambridge Giuditta[edit]

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.[3][4]

Recordings:
  • 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.

Almeida's Giuditta[edit]

Francisco António de Almeida: La Giuditta

Recording:

Metastasio's Giuditta[edit]

Main article: Betulia liberata

Other composers[edit]

Latin oratorios[edit]

These oratorios are generally listed under Latin names:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guardian 14 April 2006
  2. ^ Newolde
  3. ^ Dynamic
  4. ^ Musicweb-International