A Pergolesi double billBoutique Opera - Maids Behaving Badly

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In February and March 2015, Boutique Opera presented a duo of comic Baroque delights from Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736). Pergolesi’s sparkling music set the scene for two of the eighteenth century’s most popular short comedies in this double-delicious baroque treat from Boutique Opera.

The first half presented the little-known tale of Livietta and Tracollo: can our plucky heroine Livietta outmanoeuvre the ridiculous Tracollo, who is helped along by his outrageous attempts at disguise and intrigue? Will our plucky heroine get the revenge she seeks? Or has she met her match?

After the interval, in La Serva Padrona, we met Uberto, a bachelor of a certain age who has accumulated a comfortable income, and Serpina his mischievous maidservant. Uberto is a single man who has no idea that he is in need of a wife – until Serpina makes him an offer he can’t refuse.

Accompanied by a chamber ensemble led by Jonathan Berkahn.

Both performed in English.

 

LISTEN TO DIRECTOR ALISON HODGE AND PERFORMER BARBARA GRAHAM CHAT ABOUT ‘MAIDS BEHAVING BADLY’ ON RADIO NEW ZEALAND’S UPBEAT PROGRAMME. 

READ THE KAPITI OBSERVER’S PREVIEW OF MAIDS BEHAVING BADLY

Kapiti Observer preview - 29 January, 2015
Kapiti Observer preview – 29 January, 2015

 

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