La Serva Padrona

Performing the part of Umberto in Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (The Servant Turned Mistress) as part of Stentorphon Opera’s production in 2010. Photo by Michael Smith.

This is a great production for a small company with limited budget as there are only three performance roles and it was Stentorphon’s first production. Umberto is the young gentleman who is eventually overpowered by his maid Serpina. There is a lot of recitative (sung dialogue) and that is probably the most challenging aspect of it. Performance-wise it is all about the interaction with Serpina and the mute performance of his servant Vespone.