Handel's La Resurrezione

May 5–8 2017 

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, Mary Cleophas, and John the Evangelist. 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.

Friday May 5 2017 8:00 pm

St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere

Saturday May 6 2017 8:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley [temporary venue for 2017]

Sunday May 7 2017 4:00 pm

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco

Monday May 8 2017 7:00 pm

Davis Community Church, Davis

Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.

Nola Richardson

Nola Richardson

Mary Magdalene

“Brilliant diction, tonal clarity, and impeccable phrasing”

Cleveland Classical

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson

The Angel

“She is simply amazing, with a voice that induces goose bumps and a stage presence that is mesmerizing.”

Arizona Daily Star

Meg Bragle

Meg Bragle

Mary Cleophas

“a singer of intense musical perceptiveness…utterly irresistible.” 

International Record Review

Guy Cutting

Kyle Stegall

John the Evangelist

“Stegall is a remarkable young singer, with both brains and vocal brawn.” 

San Francisco Classical Voice

Jesse Blumberg

Jesse Blumberg


“Blumberg’s rich, refined sound gave touching poignancy”

San Francisco Classical Voice

Free Pre-Concert "Insights"


One hour prior to our performances in February through May 2017, enjoy a free and informative lecture given by musicologist and conductor Victor Gavenda, an accomplished scholar who will share his insights about the music, the composers, and the experience of hearing great music from the Baroque era performed to the highest standards.