Mary Wilson & Nola Richardson sopranos
Meg Bragle contralto (debut)
Guy Cutting tenor
Jesse Blumberg baritone
Jeffrey Thomas conductor
Composed and first performed during his youthful sojourn in Rome, Handel’s 1708 work is a marvel of creative power and imagination. La Resurrezione, a truly operatic oratorio, scandalized the Vatican (opera was prohibited in Rome by Papal edict at the time) yet assured Handel’s place as the new master of Italian operatic style. Heaven and Hell—embodied in Lucifer and an Angel—battle for supremacy on earth through this dramatic telling of the emotions and convictions of Mary Magdalene and St. John. The score demands bravura performances from singers and instrumentalists alike. Jeffrey Thomas conducts an outstanding cast of leading Handelians in this early example of the composer’s brilliance.