La serva padrona

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La serva padrona ("The Servant Turned Mistress") [1] is a 1733 opera buffa by Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736) [2].

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1952: Staged by the University of Cape Town Opera Company on tour across the Western and Eastern Cape.

1962: Staged by the University of Cape Town Opera Company, with Gregorio Fiasconaro (who directed), Elaine Berkman (making her debut with the company), Noreen Hastings, Ernest Dennis, Albie Louw, Tom Saffery and Tom Berry. Désirée Talbot sang Serpina, and Fiasconaro, sang Uberto. Conducted by David Tidboald.

1962: Presented at the Parow Civic Theatre, conducted by Geoffrey Miller (November)

1966: Presented by NAPAC Opera.

2008: It was staged in Cape Town in 2008, directed by Lara Bye.


Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

Sjoerd Alkema. 2012. "Conductors of the Cape Town Municipal Orchestra, 1914-1965: a historical perspective". University of Cape Town. Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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