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Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona & Livietta e Tracollo
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Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 8pm
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3pm

New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston

"Pergolesi's comic opera La serva padrona took the world by storm. Did you ever wonder why? This performance will answer your question. Frankly, Pergolesi's masterpiece has not been well served in modern performances. Our new BEMF production restores the full color, vitality, and comic genius of the original, with BEMF's effervescent Chamber Enemble, a team of brilliant singing actors, and a troupe of commedia dell'arte players all in imaginative costumes." -BEMF Directorial Team

Humor and love abound this Thanksgiving weekend as the BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns for its seventh year with a double bill of Neapolitan comic opera. Pergolesi’s delightfully witty masterpieces come to life in an intimate chamber production led by Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and Stage Director Gilbert Blin.

Originally written as interludes during productions with a more sober tone, Pergolesi’s comedies enchanted audiences with their side-splitting humor and engaging romance. La serva padrona tells the tale of a cunning maid who conspires to win the heart of her testy employer, while in Livietta e Tracollo, a duplicitous con artist meets his match in an peasant woman plotting his comeuppance to avenge her brother.

FREE pre-opera talk with members of the BEMF directorial team one hour prior to each performance.


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Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director
Melinda Sullivan, Movement Coordinator
Anna Watkins, Costume Designer
Lenore Doxsee, Lighting Designer

BEMF Chamber Ensemble
Robert Mealy, Concertmaster

Amanda Forsythe, Serpina
Erica Schuller, Livietta
Douglas Williams, Uberto
Jesse Blumberg, Tracollo

Caroline Copeland, Fulvia
Carlos Fittante, Vespone
Ryan Began, Facenda