BEMF Opera | 2014 Chamber Opera Series
Pergolesi’s La serva padrona & Livietta e Tracollo
Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 8pm
Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 3pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall
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.
This production was reprised at the June 2017 Festival.
“Zest and earthy opulence.”
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