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La Serva Padrona: The Secretary Turned CEO




Series: City University London Concert Series

Pergolesi's masterpiece of compact operatic comedy - as you've never seen it before!

Two performances only. The second performance will take place on Friday 1st of June at 1:10pm:

Sung in Italian with English surtitles


A bit of history...

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736) wrote La Serva Padrona (The Servant turned Mistress) as a pair of humourous intermezzi for the intervals of his serious (and seriously long) opera Il Prigioniero Superbo (The Proud Prisoner), which premiered in Naples in 1733.

Comprising two acts of approximately 20 minutes in duration, La Serva Padrona went on to take Europe by storm, and is now most commonly performed as a one-act opera in its own right; it being custom to drink in opera intervals these days.

What's going on then?

Serpina and Vespone work in the troubled offices of self-pitying Uberto, the chief exectutive of a brokering firm which has been rather squeezed by the recession.

Uberto and his PA have a less than cordial relationship. Serpina is not an ideal secretary and, as the day's work unravels over a missing hot-chocolate, Uberto pledges to save himself from her in the only way he knows how - by finding a wife over whom he can exercise patriarchal control at home and executive power at work.

Cleverly diagnosing the office antagonism as little more than thinly veiled sexual tension Serpina, with the help of Vespone, secures her future; and in the end, the secretary becomes the CEO.

Serpina: Becca Marriott
Uberto: Dionysios Kyropoulos
Vespone: TBC

Musical Director: Daniela Mars
Director: Rebecca Gibson

Instrumental ensemble:
Harpsichord: Niki Yoon
Violin I: Rachel Hobby; Beverly Cooper; Savvas Lagou
Violin II: Kirsten Dunn; Sarah Hayward
Viola: Tefkros Xydas
Cello: Marta Dourado
Baroque Guitar: James Bramley

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When and where

1.00pm - 2.00pmFriday 1st June 2012

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom