The first Cycle of the Young@Opera project continued in Montenegro with the opera “La Serva Padrona” by Giovanni Paisiello.
The opera is directed by young Stage Director Vladan Đurković from Belgrade.
Director's notes: "The question of the reason for entering a marriage could have always had two motives. From love or from benefits, sometimes for both reasons. The theme of marriage has always been the subject of a comedy, from ancient times to the present. What are the young girls' motives to get into a community with a drastically older man? It seems to me that this very old topic has never been more current than today. We are witnessing that young girls change completely their appearance to achieve an ideal beauty. But they are also ready to create the most complicated beasts in hunting for their prey. Their prey is rich powerful men. By this relationship they get power and money that they could not get by birth. Most often, in comedies, the relation of such a pair is represented through conflict of spouse's character, but also as changing of the roles. Such men are punished by their own wife and they are left without anything they have for the welfare of women. This is a story exactly about how Uberto the gentleman turn servant."
Concerts in Montenegro were held in the following cities & dates:
- Herceg Novi: 9th of May at 20h, Dvorana Park;
- Kotor: 10th of May at 20h, KC “Nikola Đurković”;
- Bar: 12th of May at 20h, KC Bar;
- Podgorica: 13th of May at 20h, KIC “Budo Tomović”.
Cast and Crew
La Serva padrona, Giovanni Paisiello
La Serva Padrona, Giovanni Paisiello 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. 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.