Dutch National Opera presents

Juditha Triumphans Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Courage triumphs

Duration 2:40

Breaks 1

By Antonio Vivaldi

Language Latin

Surtitles Dutch and English

Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans is an allegorical oratorio with a plot full of twists and turns. Though not intended for the theatre, it lends itself perfectly for staged production.

Brave deeds

The story of Juditha Triumphans comes from the apocryphal Book of Judith, chronicling the Assyrian siege of the Jewish city of Bethulia. The beautiful young widow Judith goes to the Assyrian army commander Holofernes to beg for mercy and sways him with her charms. But while he lies asleep after too much food and wine, Judith cuts off his head and returns to Bethulia triumphant. The story of her bravery inspired dramatic paintings by the likes of Giorgione, Caravaggio, Gentileschi and Allori.

International fame

Vivaldi originally composed Juditha Triumphans for the girls of the Ospedale della Pietà, an orphanage in Venice internationally renowned for its outstanding music school. Juditha features large choral passages and a richly instrumented orchestra, as befitting the occasion of its composition – to celebrate the Venetian victory over the Turks in 1716. The libretto is in Latin.

Juditha Triumphans is a new production directed by Floris Visser (Fortress Europe at OFF 2017), his first at Dutch National Opera & Ballet. Conductor Andrea Marcon is a distinguished Baroque and Vivaldi specialist who previously led Handel’s Ariodante at DNO. This time he is accompanied by his own ensemble, La Cetra Barockorchester Basel.

Gaëlle Arquez

French mezzo-soprano Gaëlle Arquez debuts at DNO in the role of Juditha. A ‘rising star’ of opera, she has appeared at leading houses worldwide, singing a varied repertoire of titles including Falstaff, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Teseo, Così fan tutte, Idomeneo, Armide (Gluck), Carmen, Pelléas et Mélisande, Le Comte Ory and Norma. At the Victoires de la Musique 2011 she was extolled as a ‘Révélation Lyrique’.

LA CETRA BAROCKORCHESTER BASel

La Cetra Barockorchester was founded in 1999 by Peter Reidemeister, then director of the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and named after Antonio Vivaldi's Violin Concert at. 9. The orchestra specialises in early music and regularly accompanies operas at the Basel Theatre. Andrea Marcon has been chief conductor since 2009. Under his direction, the orchestra has become one of the most important early music orchestras.

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical Director
Andrea Marcon
Stage Director
Floris Visser
Set and costumes
Dieuweke van Reij
Light
Alex Brok
Dramaturgy
Klaus Bertisch
Orchestra
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
Chorus
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus Conductor
Klaas-Jan de Groot
Juditha
Gaëlle Arquez
Holofernes
Teresa Iervolino
Vagaus
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya
Ozias
Francesca Ascioti
Abra
Polly Leech - Opera Studio
    Wed 14 Feb De Telegraaf on Ariodante, 2016 *****

    ‘Andrea Marcon conducts. Best known as a Vivaldi specialist (…). He coaxes from the musicians (…) a sensual polish.’

Andrea Marcon

Conductor

ANDREA MARCON (musical director) is known for his interpretations of Baroque, classical and early Romantic repertoire.

Floris Visser

Stage director

Floris Visser has rapidly gained international recognition as one of the leading talents of the next generation of opera directors. With engagements in opera houses as Opernhaus Zürich, the Bolshoi Opera, Dutch National Opera, Staatsoper Hannover & the Internationale Händelfestspiele Karlsruhe he is one of the most sought after stage directors of our present day.