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Pergolesi: The Maid Turned Mistress


Thu 1 Oct 2015, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Caloundra Civic Centre, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full price: $27.00
  • Concession: $22.00
  • Child U14: $17.00
  • Group 8+: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

How often do you settle in for a night of comedy opera? Visit The Events Centre, Caloundra during the Caloundra Fringe Festival and enjoy a night with Internationally renowned opera performers, Judit Molnar soprano, Mark Jowett baritone, Spiros Rantos conductor and violinist, Brachi Tilles pianist and Renat Yusupov cellist as they delivers a witty and entertaining comedic comedy. This opera is a short comedy of two characters, the wily maidservant, willing to become the mistress of the house, thinks up a plan in order to convince her master to marry her.

Premiered in 1733, Pergolesi's La Serva Pedrona - The Maid turned Mistress - is a Major event in the history of opera. Due to the lightheatedness of the plot and the ordinariness of the characters – not to say their coarseness – La Serva Pedrona launched what is known today as "the Quarrel of the Comic Actors" ("la Querelle des Bouffons" in French), a quarrel that brought into conflict the advocates of the French tradition against the proponents of the Italian music, the latter gathered behing the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. If what they were fighting about seems trifling to the modern observer, the quarrel occasioned fierce reactions wavering between jingoistic arguements and unjustified critics of the French style. Be that as it may, La Serva Pedrona is a masterpiece, all the more so with the charmismatic Mark Jowett in the role of Uberto and the delightfull Judit Molnar giving life to the mischievous Serpina and Phoebe Manning as Vespone with the Brisbane Chamber Orchestra conducted by Spiros Rantos violinist, Renat Yusupov cellist and Brachi Tilles pianist.

As the theme of the opera is timeless Brisbane Chamber Opera decided to move it to a more “contemporary” stage and present the performance with modern instruments and costumes. The opera is sung in English and is directed by Sharyn Henry.

What happens when you combine the talents and cultural backgrounds of a Hungarian soprano, an Australian baritone, a Greek violinist and an Israeli pianist?

Sharon Henry - stage director
Spiros Rantos - conductor/violin
Renat Yusupov - cello
Brachi Tilles - piano

Mark Jowett - Uberto
Judit Molnar - Serpina
Phoebe Manning - Vespone