For love, please hold

Opera. Our regional stages promise two wonderful comic operas from different centuries.


PREMIERE 27 SEPTEMBER 2014
The Göteborg Opera Skövde stage

Performances in Skövde and at Kronhuset in Gothenburg.
Performed in Swedish.


La serva padrona


Opera buffa in two acts by GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI (1710-1736).
Libretto by GENNARO ANTONIO FEDERICO based on a play by J A Nelli.
Swedish translation by Carin Bartosch.

In history's first comic opera, Pergolesi's La serva padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress), dating from 1733, the wilful and temperamental serving girl, Serpina, has given herself the task of hooking her brusque master as a husband. Through cunning, she finally marries him and thus becomes mistress of the house.

Mattias Ermedahl
Mattias ErmedahlCamilla Simonson

The Telephone


A comic opera in one act by GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (1911-2007).
Libretto by the composer. Swedish translation by Nils Castegren.

In Menotti's The Telephone, dating from 1946, a young man, Ben, tries to find the right moment to propose to his garrulous girlfriend Lucy, but he is constantly interrupted because she has to answer the phone. Finally, he comes up with a solution as to how to get to speak to his beloved.

The house soloist, Mattias Ermedahl, has directed several opera productions before, but now he is doing it at The Göteborg Opera for the first time. He is directing La serva padrona and is also performing as Ben in The Telephone, directed by Mia Ringblom Hjertner. After several successful productions for children and teenagers, she is now directing her first adult opera. Soprano Nina Ewald faces the challenge of playing both strong-willed Serpina and Lucy.

Programme

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September 2014

Listen

Playing: "I know quite how to tell you", The Telephone

Gian Carlo Menotti, The Telephone Recorded 1947 with Marilyn Cotlow (Lucy) and Frank Rogier (Ben). Copyright 2011 Naxos Rights Interntional Ltd.

Information

LA SERVA PADRONA, Opera buffa in two acts by GIOVANNI BATTISTA PERGOLESI (1710-1736). THE TELEPHONE, A comic opera in one act by GIAN CARLO MENOTTI (1911-2007).

  • Genre: Opera
  • Season: 2014/2015
  • premiere: 27 Sep 2014
  • Last show: 1 Nov 2014
  • Location:

    Göteborg, Kronhuset.

    Skövde, Skövde Stage.

  • Length: 1 hour and 50 minutes including 1 interval.
  • Info:Performances at Skövdescenen in Skövde and in Kronhuset in Gothenburg. Regional tour October 15-19, and November 4-16.

LA SERVA PADRONA
Musical direction   Joakim Kallhed
Director   Mattias Ermedahl
Set and Costume Design   Gunnar Ekman
Lighting Design   Joakim Brink
THE TELEPHONE
Director   Mia Ringblom Hjertner
Set and Costume Design   Gunnar Ekman
Lighting Design   Joakim Brink

LA SERVA PADRONA
Uberto   Mats Persson
Serpina    Nina Ewald
Vespone    David Lundqvist
THE TELEPHONE
Lucy    Nina Ewald
Ben    Mattias Ermedahl
Pianist   Joakim Kallhed
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