Major Operas | La serva padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi | Late Baroque
Premiered: 1734, Naples
Libretto by Gennarantonio Federico
Uberto, a rich bachelor, is at his wits’ end regarding his servant, Serpina. She acts as though she is the mistress of the house and is disobedient, indecisive and opinionated. He decides to extricate himself from Serpina’s tyranny by taking a wife who will suppress her capricious nature. He expresses this idea to his mute valet, Vespone. Serpina, who knows that Uberto, deep down, has a soft spot for her, decides that she should be his bride and sets about persuading Uberto to marry her.
The cunning Serpina, along with Vespone, devises a plan to trick Uberto. She announces that she is to be married to a certain Capitan Tempesta and gives a terrifying description of him that causes Uberto to fear for her future. He demands to meet Capitan Tempesta, who arrives (in fact, it is Vespone in disguise). Serpina explains to Uberto that the capitan has demanded an enormous sum of money as her dowry. Uberto is horrified by the sinister capitan and his threats. Serpina then tells him that the capitan has explained that if he does not receive the dowry immediately, he will refuse to marry Serpina and Uberto must marry her instead. Uberto is not altogether displeased at this suggestion. Serpina reveals the capitan’s true identity and the couple thank Vespone for his help in bringing them together. The happy couple then rejoice.
An extensive music information resource, bringing together the talents and expertise of a wide range of editors and musicologists, including Stanley Sadie, Charles Wilson, Paul Du Noyer, Tony Byworth, Bob Allen, Howard Mandel, Cliff Douse, William Schafer, John Wilson...
Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and more. Flame Tree has been making encyclopaedias and guides about music for over 20 years. Now Flame Tree Pro brings together a huge canon of carefully curated information on genres, styles, artists and instruments. It's a perfect tool for study, and entertaining too, a great companion to our music books.
The ultimate story of a life of rock music, from the 1950s to the present day.
Fantastic new, unofficial biography covers
his life, music, art and movies, with a
sweep of incredible photographs.