La Serva Padrona

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La Serva Padrona, Giovanni Paisiello

Opera La Serva Padrona was created in 1781 for the needs of court ceremonies, during Paisiello’s stay at the court of the Russian Empress Catherine the Great. As he failed to find the right text for his new work, he turned to studying already existing operas. Catherine the Great was particularly fond of comic opera, so it was clear to Paisiello what genre he should turn to. He was persistently trying to get the libretto of La Serva Padrona, written by Giambattista Lorenzi, and get it delivered to him from Naples. At the request of the court, the new opera should not last more than one and a half hours, and if it was shorter - the better.

 

La Serva Padrona was originally composed by Giovanni Batista Pergolesi in 1733. After Paisiello got the desired libretto, he decided to add to the opera one new aria and two duets, in the spirit and taste of the audience of that time. Pergolesi composed his opera as an intermezzo opera for the opera seria Il Prigonerio superbo, which never succeeded as beloved La Serva, while Paisiello’s opera was composed as a solo work and was performed in honor of name day of the young Duke Alexander, who was then 4 years old.

 

It is also very interesting to say something about an intermeco opera of a very similar theme, composed by the German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann in 1725. This three-act opera tells the story of a relationship between a young maid and her master, who marries her and becomes her servant. This work, like the previous two, takes about 45 minutes.

 

In addition to Paisiello’s opera La Serva padrona, which was produced for the needs of the Young @ Opera project, Operosa also produced Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona (2017, SKC, Belgrade) and Teleman's Pimpinone (2012, Kolarac Music Gallery, Belgrade).

 

 

Concerts in Serbia were held in the following cities & dates:

  • Pančevo: 7th of December of  20h, Cultural Center of Pančevo;
  • Šabac: 8th of December, 20h, Šabac Theatre;
  • Sombor: 9th of December, 20h, National Theatre Sombor; 
  • Belgrade: 13th of December, 20h, Kolarac Endowment.

Project partners are Herceg Novi Municipality and Kolarac Endowment. 

Artistic team

Mentor: Predrag Gosta
Stage Director: Vladan Djurkovic
Conductor: Milen Apostolov
Set Designer: Magdalena Vlajic
Costume Designer: Lina Lekovic

Cast

Serpina: Petra Radulovic
Uberto: Bozhidar Bozhkilov Igor Andric
Vespone: Nikola Randjelovic Vladimir Tesovic

Musicians

Concertmaster Violin 1: Isidora Dramićanin
Violonchello: Petar Lazarević
Piano: Bojana Radivojevic
Violin 2: Atanasija Stanišić
Viola: Marta Petrovic

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.