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Serva padrona, La (‘The Maid as Mistress’)locked

  • Gordana Lazarevich

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Intermezzo in two parts by giovanni battista Pergolesi to a libretto by gennaro antonio Federico after Jacopo Angello Nelli’s play; Naples, Teatro S Bartolomeo, 5 September 1733.

La serva padrona was first performed between the acts of Pergolesi’s opera seria Il prigioniero superbo, commissioned for the birthday celebrations of the Empress Elisabeth Christina, consort of Charles VI. It became one of the most popular examples of intermezzo in the 18th century. Federico based his text on a spoken play of the same title written by Nelli (...

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