The Haymarket Opera Company presents: La Resurrezione

Heaven’s Angel arrives at the gates of Limbo, proclaiming Christ’s imminent victory. The proud fallen angel Lucifer defiantly summons the infernal powers to rally against Christ’s followers. Mary Magdalene and Mary Cleophas mourn Christ’s crucifixion, but Saint John the Evangelist reminds them of the promised resurrection on the third day. The Angel calls forth the souls of the dead, and they break into jubilant song. In a final frantic grab for power, Lucifer causes the earth to quake on Easter morning, but the sun rises, signaling the resurrection. Lucifer falls, and Heaven triumphs in a blaze of glory!

Pre-performance lecture: Presented at 6:45PM

Performance runtime: 2.5 hours, including one 20-minute intermission

Haymarket brings Handel’s blockbuster oratorio La Resurrezione to the stage with a strong and updated nod to its visually sumptuous 1708 premiere. Building on Haymarket’s “brilliantly performed” (Chicago Tribune) films that incorporated projected scenic elements, designer Camilla Tassi makes her Haymarket debut with lavish projections inspired by eyewitness accounts of the first performances. Handel’s score is an opera in all but name and demands breathtaking vocal and instrumental virtuosity. Early music specialist Christian Curnyn conducts the Haymarket Opera Orchestra with a star-studded cast led by soprano Sarah Brailey as the Angel and baritone Douglas Williams as Lucifer. Vocal fireworks combine with religious fervor in a heroic showdown between Heaven and Hell. 

Christian Curnyn, joining Haymarket to conduct its acclaimed orchestra of 18th-century period instruments, is widely recognized as one of the leading conductors specializing in the Baroque and Classical repertoire. Curnyn’s Haymarket engagement follows his Metropolitan Opera debut conducting Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. The BBC Music Magazine praised his conducting as “a performance that leaves you savoring every note…and then some!” 

In a blaze of vocal glory, a star-studded cast is led by Grammy Award-winning soprano Sarah Brailey, who portrays Handel’s warrior Angel opposite the “charcoal bass-baritone” (Bachtrack) of Douglas Williams in his Haymarket debut as the fallen angel Lucifer. With “a voice that is theater itself” (Classique News), soprano Hannah De Priest portrays the ever-faithful Mary Magdalene. Scott J. Brunscheen brings his “sweet lyric tenor” (Chicago Tribune) to the eloquent lines of Saint John the Evangelist, and mezzo-soprano Quinn Middleman returns to Haymarket with her “dramatic nuance” (Musical America) as the virtuous Mary Cleophas. 

Chicago’s virtuosa Rachel Barton Pine joins the acclaimed Haymarket Opera Orchestra as guest concertmaster to perform the work’s demanding violin solos, originally performed by baroque music icon Arcangelo Corelli. Haymarket Founder and Artistic Director Craig Trompeter plays the ornate viola da gamba solos.

Purchase your tickets now to take advantage of early-bird prices for all 2024 Haymarket performances. Due to limited seating and high demand, early-bird pricing will end one month before each performance.

Please visit their website for more information on this Haymarket Opera Company production. 

Friday, June 14 at 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Holtschneider Performance Center, Gannon Concert Hall
2330 North Halsted Street

Event Type



School of Music, (All) School of Music



$75 Tier 1; $60 Tier 2; $45 Tier 3; $5 Student. Additional processing fees apply.

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