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Juditha Triumphans

Armonia Atenea and Il Pomo d'Oro perform Juditha Triumphans, the only existing oratorio of the four Antonio Vivaldi composed.

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    Juditha Triumphans © Auditorium Films

Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Libretto by Giacomo (Iacopo) Cassetti
Orchestras Armonia Atenea and Il Pomo d'Oro
Children's Choir of the National Opera of Greece

Juditha Triumphans is based on a Latin libretto by Iacopo Cassetti, itself inspired by the Old Testament Book of Judith. The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar sends his general Holofernes to conquer the city of Bethulia in Israel. To save her fellow Israelites, the courageous Juditha decides to seduce Holofernes. When he falls asleep, she cuts off his head. Juditha Triumphans' is the only existing oratorio of the four Vivaldi composed. The intense atmosphere of war can be heard in the dramatic choral parts, and the faith and integrity of Juditha through the lyrical and tender writing. Noteworthy is the use of many rare instruments, such as viola d'amore, chalumeaux and theorbo in the work's most significant moments.

Genre Opera
Recording location Greek National Opera
Production year 2021
Duration 124'
Stage Director Thanos Papakonstantinou
Director Stéphane Lebard

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