Modern Premiere of Il Nascimento di Mose
Music by Vincenzo de Grandis (1631–1708)
Libretto by Giovanni Battista Giardini (b.1650)
In this oratorio, a tyrannical Pharaoh fears the growing power of the Hebrews. After subjecting them to hard labor and ordering that all their male children are strangled at birth, he revises his directive and orders that all male new-borns are to be thrown into the river Nile. Moses is born, and his distraught mother places him in a wicker basket in the river. Pharaoh’s daughter finds him, and Pharaoh permits her to raise him as her own son at court.
Seventeenth-century oratorio combined the tremendously popular music of the opera with stories chosen for the intellectual and spiritual enrichment of its listeners. The Academy of Sacred Drama continues this mission by uniting emotion, intellect, and community in presentations that incorporate great oratorios, contextual lectures, and community receptions.
Performers and Guest Speaker
Jeremy Rhizor, director and violin
Dr. Lewis Baratz, guest speaker
Jonathan May, Testo (countertenor)
Ryne Cherry, Faraone (bass)
Brian Mummert, Generale del’armi di Faraone (baritone)
Sarah Yanovitch, Consigliero di Faraone (soprano)
Elizabeth Baber Weaver, Madre di Mose (soprano)
Jeremy Rhizor, violin/director
Isabelle Seula Lee, violin
Lewis Baratz, recorder
Adam Young, cello
Charlie Weaver, theorbo
Judith Malafronte, harpsichord/organ
Transcription & Translation
Edition by Jeremy Rhizor & Leili Zhang
Translation by Lucy Yates
View the facsimile of the musical manuscript in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena, Italy here.
View the facsimile of an original printed libretto in the Biblioteca Estense Universitaria, Modena, Italy here.