Giovanni Lorenzo Lulier’s oratorio Santa Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi
|Giovanni Lorenzo Lulier (1662-1700), composer | Santa Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi (1687)|
|Awet Andemicael, soprano, as Maria Maddalena | Nathan Hodgson, tenor, as Amor Divino | Sara MacKimmie, soprano, as La Madre | John Taylor Ward, bass-baritone, as Il Padre|
|Jeremy Rhizor, music director and violin | Tony Lopresti, movement director | Adam Cockerham, associate music director and theorbo|
Lulier’s biographical oratorio explores the life of the Italian mystic Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi as she prepares to enter a convent (in Act I) and faces temptation and suffering (in Act II). 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.