This 2023–2024 season, the Academy of Sacred Drama celebrates the coming of Christmas and Easter with oratorios by Antonio Bencini (1700–1748) and Giovanni Lorenzo Lulier (1662–1700).

Special thanks to our season sponsor BY Wound Care Internal Medicine: Byoung Yang, MD.


Gesù Nato

Bencini likely premiered Gesù Nato, a Christmas oratorio, in Bologna in 1742. The work—which centers on the shepherds who witnessed the Nativity—features vocal soloists, a choir, and an orchestra of trumpets, oboes, and strings. A collaboration with the American Classical Orchestra.

Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 7 PM at Corpus Christi Church, NYC

Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi

Lulier’s biographical oratorio explores the story of the Italian mystic Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi. As a teenage girl, she hears the call of God and convinces her parents to let her enter a convent. Lulier was the principal cellist in performances led by Corelli and was employed by two great patrons of the Baroque arts: Cardinal Pamphili and Cardinal Ottoboni.

Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 2:30 PM at St. Vincent Ferrer Church, NYC
Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 3 PM at St. James the Less Church, Scarsdale, NY

In our time, responding to global calamities is often thought to be a greater moral imperative than the personal pursuit of virtue. What then will we make of Baroque poets who engage with stories about the triumph of virtue over temptation?

Join us to find out.

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