BAROQUE FESTIVAL. LA SERVA PADRONA / GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI

LA SERVA PADRONA
7 October 2021, Thursday
Time 19:00
The Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw

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Even though Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, a famous representative of the Italian Baroque, lived only 26 years, the works he left granted him a permanent place in the history of music. The brightest star in his artistic legacy is the seemingly simple intermezzo La serva padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress). This short work, written when Pergolesi was only 23, is still performed to this day in Europe, both in the original language version and in numerous translations.

The libretto written by Gennaro Antonio Federico is centred around a simple intrigue originating from the commedia dell’arte tradition. Here we have a wealthy old bachelor looking for a wife and his cunning servant who successfully presents herself as the best candidate. Pergolesi finds the perfect musical measures to describe the characters, and the words they sing are reflected in the charming recitatives and arias. All this has been wonderfully outlined by Piotr Kamiński in his lexicon Tysiąc i jedna opera (“1001 Operas”), where he compared young Pergolesi’s talent to the skills of one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time:

Perhaps only Mozart himself would be able to draw such an abundance of cheerful theatrical thought from the twelve tones of the chromatic scale, one hand clinging to the text, the other creating the endless music spells, and from them in accurate, efficient manner, vivid characters that have no secrets to us.

Marta Dziewanowska-Pachowska

MUSIC DIRECTOR KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA

DIRECTOR JITKA STOKALSKA
SET DESIGNER MARLENA SKONECZKO
LIGHTING DIRECTOR KAROLINA GĘBSKA
STAGE MOVEMENT ALISA MAKARENKO
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AGNIESZKA KOZŁOWSKA
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR II SŁAWOMIR JURCZAK
PROJECTIONS MAREK ZAMOJSKI
LIGHTING PIOTR RUDZKI
STAGE DIRECTOR DOROTA LACHOWICZ, TATIANA HEMPEL-GIERLACH

 

CAST

SERPINA ALEKSANDRA KLIMCZAK
UBERTO PAWEŁ MICHALCZUK
VESPONE I RAFAŁ KARNICKI
VESPONE II ALISA MAKARENKO
VESPONE III MACIEJ JAN KRAŚNIEWSKI

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Duration: 1 h
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.
PLEASE NOTE: the entrance to the Royal Theatre in the Łazienki Park is located in Agrykola street.
One hour before the performance as well as for an hour after it is finished, the audience can use the electric cart running between the Royal Theater and the Łazienki Gate at the corner of Myśliwiecka / Agrykola streets.

We kindly encourage you to read the rules of participation in cultural events organized by the Polish Royal Opera:

  • If you are not feeling well, are ill, or had contact with an infected person – stay at home.
  • Please, take a face mask with you. On entering the Theatre building, you are obliged to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.
  • At the entrance to the building, please have your temperature taken.
  • Disinfect your hands after entering the Theatre building.
  • Please remember to sign the Participant Declaration. If possible, please bring the printed and signed declaration with you, if not – fill it in in the Theatre, in the area shown by the staff.
  • Take the seat assigned to you by the staff.
  • Please come earlier – latecomers will not be allowed into the auditorium.

We care about the safety of our Guests!

  • Disinfectants are available at the entrance to the building.
  • At the entrance to the building, staff may take your temperature.
  • The common spaces and sanitary rooms are disinfected regularly.
  • Only 75% of the seats in the auditorium will be available. Persons vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 who voluntarily show a QR code confirming their vaccination with a double dose of the vaccine on the day of the event do not count towards the limit.

Should you have any questions, we are at your disposal on site of the event or at the phone number +48 500 309 424.

 

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