Bernardo Pasquini’s I fatti di Mosè nel deserto

Saturday, April 6 at 7:15 PM    GET TICKETS
tickets also available at the door (cash, checks, and credit cards)
LOCATION CHANGE  The Chapel at St. George’s Episcopal Church
4 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003   open map   google map

Sunday, April 7 at 3 PM    FREE, donations accepted
Church of St. Joseph

American Premiere of I fatti di Mosè nel deserto
Music by Bernardo Pasquini (1637—1710)
Libretto by Giovanni Battista Giardini (b.1650)

In this oratorio based on Exodus 17-18, Moses, his successor Joshua, and a narrator vividly recall the challenges and successes of the Hebrews in the wilderness for Jethro, Moses’s father-in-law. And in Act II, the people of Israel battle the Amalekites.

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, speaker, and violin

Fiona Gillespie, soprano, Mosé
Ian Pomerantz, baritone, Getro
Ryland Angel, countertenor, Giosuè
Corey Shotwell, tenor, Testo

Noemy Gagnon-Lafrenais, violin
Daniel McCarthy, viola
Oliver Weston, violone
Marc Bellassai, harpsichord
Parker Ramsay, organ and harp

Transcription & Translation

Edition by Jeremy Rhizor & Leili Zhang
Translation by Dr. Elisabeth Pace


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.