La Serva Padrona

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710–1736)
comic intermezzo concert performance


Sunday 6 August 2006, 9.00 pm
Collegium Marianum, Baroque Library Hall, Melantrichova 19, Praha 1


SERPINA – Marie Fajtová (Czech Republic)
UBERTO  – Tomáš Král (Czech Republic)
VESPONE – Laurent Charoy (France)
Jean Denis Monory – direction (France)
Chantal Rousseau – costume designer
Collegium Marianum – orchestra (Czech Republic)


The two thematic programmes dedicated to Don Juan were completed by a concert performance (in costumes, but with limited action on the stage) of the unequivocally most famous comic intermezzo of all times, La Serva Padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. The intermezzo had fundamental importance for the further development of comic opera in Europe and it was due to this work and its immense musical invention that the Neapolitan composer made his mark in the history of music. The agelong theme of the situation comedy was played out in a modest, but extremely effective cast of two singing protagonists (Uberto, the old and wealthy doctor and Sepina, a young housemaid keen on getting married) and one silent role (a dumb servant).