La Serva Padrona, de Pergolesi

Main Programme

Venue: Cine-Theater of Alcobaça – João d'Oliva Monteiro

La Nave Va and soloists

We inform that due to the entry of the municipality of Alcobaça in the list of municipalities with high risk of Covid-19, a factor that implies more restrictive measures in the cultural sector, the schedules of the opera La Serva Padrona and Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa were anticipated to 9.00 pm.

The doors for both shows will open at 8.40 pm.

We thank you for your understanding.



The action begins with Uberto, a bachelor, complaining about the arrogance of his maid who makes him wait for his chocolate for over three hours, refuses to take his coat, won't give him his wig or his hat and even forbids him to leave the house! He then decides to ask Vespone, the servant, for help in finding him a bride, thus getting rid of the cheeky and rude Serpina, the maid. Serpina, who is aware of Uberto's intentions, devises a plan to make Uberto want to marry her: she pretends to be engaged to Tempesta, a military man. Vespone helps her by appearing to Uberto and, posing as Tempesta, asks for a dowry of 4,000 scudi to marry Serpina. Tempesta threatens him to pay the dowry, otherwise Uberto will have to marry her. At that moment he realises that he has always loved Serpina and agrees to marry her. The maid ends up becoming his mistress!
La Serva Padrona composed by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 - 1736) premiered on 5 September 1733 as an intermezzo of the serious opera Il Prigioniero Superbo and consists of two parts/intermezzi, performed between the three acts, as a moment of relaxation from the emotional charge of the opera. Il Prigioniero Superbo was a failure, but La Serva Padrona was an immediate success and was performed as a stand-alone piece and toured various courts in Europe.
Its performance in Paris in 1752 was at the origin of the Querelle des Bouffons controversy that opposed the defenders of the serious French style tragédie lyrique and the Italian opera buffa. This polemic, which even involved the King of France himself, made La Serva Padrona the model for other operas such as Rousseau's Le devin du village and Mozart's Bastien und Bastienne, thus being at the origin of the popularisation of this new style. It is therefore a reference opera and a success that comes to us from the Baroque period.
In this new production, as in the premiere of La Serva Padrona, we put two worlds in dialogue, interspersing the two intermezzi with a parallel action. On stage we will see the comedy La Serva Padrona (almost in commedia dell'arte mode) bursting upon the reality of the construction of the show itself. In a time when the artistic life goes through a distancing from the stage, we will see exposed the personal effort and dedication that each artist puts in giving the public a little of himself when he is on stage. We will thus have the naked construction of a show in dialogue with its result.

La Serva Padrona, chamber opera in two acts (intermezzi)
Libretto by Antonio Federico Gennaro from a play of the same name by Jacopo Angelo Nelli

Carla Caramujo, Serpina
Luís Rodrigues, Uberto
João Merino, Vespone (mute servant)

Carlos Antunes, staging
Natacha Costa Pereira, scenography
Nuno Braz de Oliveira, costumes

António Carrilho, musical direction

Pedro Lopes, concertino
Josefina Alcaide, first violin
Tomás Soares, first violin
Luciana Cruz, first violin
Raquel Cravino, second violin
Maria João Matos, second violin
Frederico Lourenço, second violin
André Araújo, viola
Gabriela Barros, viola
César Gonçalves, cello
Marta Vicente, double bass
Jenny Silvestre, harpsichord

Price: €15
Special price*: €12


*Discount for under 18s and over 65s


Safety rules
The safety rules for public access to the festival follow the recommendations of the Direção-Geral de Saúde (DGS). We will welcome you with complete safety and confidence.

Access to the venue
The entrance is exclusive to ticket holders. The entrance is made from 20h40.

Safety guidelines
Masks must be worn, even with a visor.
Meet safety distances when entering the venue.
Use the hand sanitizer dispensers available in several areas of the venue.
Comply with respiratory etiquette.
Respect the distance between the seats.
No physical format of the programme notes will be handed out.
You may consult the programme notes in digital media through the access
If you have any questions, ask the room assistants for support.

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