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(First Saturday of the month)


2 August, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall

Opera buffa - La Serva Padrona by G. B. Pergolesi

Serpina - Judit Molnar (soprano)

Uberto - Mark Jowett (baritone)

Music Director - Spiros Rantos

Directed by - Sharyn Henry

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi ( 1710-36) : La Serva Padrona (The Servant turned Mistress) to a libretto by Gennaro Antonio Federico, after a play by Jacopo Angello Nelli, was premiered on 5 September 1733 (originally an intermezzo to his Opera “The Proud Prisoner”) just after an earthquake which had caused all theatres in Naples to close down. It soon found its own way on the opera scene and became one of the most successful comic operas in history. It is often seen as the most important operatic link from the Baroque to the classical period. The characters of the cunning maid and her aging master have been very palatable to audiences for almost 300 years.

Synopsis: Act1 Dressing room: Uberto, an elderly bachelor, is angry and impatient with his maidservant, Serpina, because she has not brought him his chocolate today. Serpina has become so arrogant that she thinks she is the mistress of the household. Indeed, when Uberto calls for his hat, wig and coat, Serpina forbids him from leaving the house, adding that from then on he will have to obey her orders. Uberto thereupon orders Vespone to find him a woman to marry so that he can rid himself of Serpina.

Act 2: Same dressing room: Serpina convinces Vespone to trick Uberto into marrying her. She informs Uberto that she is to marry a military man named Tempesta. She will be leaving his home and apologizes for her behavior. Vespone, disguised as Tempesta, arrives and, without saying a word, demands 4,000 crowns for a dowry. Uberto refuses to pay such a sum. Tempesta threatens him to either pay the dowry or marry the girl himself. Uberto agrees to marry Serpina. Serpina and Vespone reveal their trick; but Uberto realizes that he has loved the girl all along. They will marry after all; and Serpina will now be the true mistress of the household.