2021 Festival | Chamber Opera

2021 Festival | Chamber Opera

Pergolesi’s La serva padrona & Livietta e Tracollo

Paul O'Dette & Stephen Stubbs, Musical Directors
Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

Premiered Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 8pm (EDT)

Humor and love abound in this double bill of Neapolitan comic opera, originally presented in November 2014. 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.

Recorded November 30, 2014 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

Length: 1 hour, 40 minutes

This production premiered on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 8pm (EDT) and will remain available until the end of the day on Sunday, July 11, 2021 (EDT).

Frank Cunningham, Recording Engineer
Kathy Wittman, Videographer

“Zest and earthy opulence.”

—The Boston Globe


Premieres on Saturday, June 12 at 7pm

Pergolesi’s Intermezzi: Soundtracks to Lost Movies

More than almost any other musical scores, Pergolesi’s music for his comic Intermezzi encodes not only the way his music should sound, but literally also teaches us the comic timing for a robust and successful staging. All you need is musicians with ears to hear, stage directors with eyes to see, and above all superbly talented singing actors to bring it all roaring back to life. BEMF’s brilliant directorial team discuss bringing Pergloesi’s beloved La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo to life!

Production Video

Behind-The-Scenes Video


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



Amanda Forsythe, Serpina
Erica Schuller, Livietta
Douglas Williams, Uberto
Jesse Blumberg, Tracollo
Caroline Copeland, Fulvia
Carlos Fittante, Vespone
Ryan Began, Facenda

Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

Robert Mealy, Concertmaster