A Semi-Staged Oratorio
Camilla Tassi, Artistic Director
JJ Wright, Music Director
Undergraduate student Camilla Tassi (Music, Engineering, Italian Studies) produced a semi-staged and abridged version of George Frideric Handel’s Italian oratorio La Resurrezione, deliberately scheduled around Easter of 2015 at Notre Dame.
La Resurrezione, is set to a libretto by Carlo Sigismondo Capece (1652–1728). It was first performed on Easter Sunday of 1708 in Rome. The Italian libretto contains lines excerpted from St. John’s Gospel, and draws on the tradition of Christ’s descent into Limbo, which can be found in the Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds, and is also referenced by Dante in the Divina Commedia.
Camilla Tassi and her music director, doctoral student JJ Wright decided on a semi-staged production using architectural features of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, placing non-human characters (the Angel and Lucifer) separate from the human characters (Mary Magdalene, Mary Cleofas and the Apostle John,) emulating the solutions of the Mellon second sacred music drama Elijah. The characters interacted in a dramatic fashion. Camilla also established the Italian cultural roots of the this genre.