Performance Release Date: April 2021 | Length: 70 minutes
Opera Roanoke is thrilled to produce its first-ever digital opera in spring 2021. Well, first TWO digital operas! This double bill of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona and Menotti’s The Telephone are sure to keep you laughing all the way through.
La Serva Padrona
La Serva Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress), was originally performed as a comic intermezzo, between acts of a larger serious opera. Eventually, it found its way as a stand-alone work and now this one act comedy brings a smile to audiences’ faces’ - without the added time commitment of a serious opera.
When the maid, Serpina, starts to get an inflated head about her role in old man Uberto’s household, he orders his servant, Vespone, to find him a wife so that he can be rid of Serpina for good.
But Serpina has another plan up her sleeve. She convinces Vespone to trick Uberto into marrying her instead, by having Vespone disguise himself as a military man named Tempesta who arrives at the house to take Serpina as his bride. But before she can leave, Tempesta (Vespone in disguise) demands that Uberto pay him a sum of 4,000 crowns as a dowry. Stingy Uberto refuses to pay so Tempesta tells Uberto that he must marry the maid himself and low and behold, Uberto agrees!
After Serpina and Vespone reveal their trick, Uberto decides that he really does love Serpina after all and vows to marry her, making her the true mistress of the household…the role she was born to play.
Do you ever get the nagging feeling that we’re too invested in our phones these days? Ben, Lucy’s charming boyfriend would say unequivocally “yes” but Lucy would say…. wait a minute. What’s that? Ring ring! It’s the sound of Lucy’s telephone ringing for the tenth time today.
Ben is dying to ask Lucy an important question before he leaves on a long trip, but Lucy just can’t seem to pull herself away from her telephone! How will he ever get to her before he must leave? Stay tuned!