Professor Uberto is a geek, an avid bachelor whose entire world is the laboratory. Serpina is his research assistant – young, wild and lively. They have an ongoing power struggle. Tempers run high in the lab, but also passion, and the rivalry becomes love.
Pegolesi’s La Serva Padrona describes the relationship between a master and his maid. We relocate it to the modern scientific lab, describing the relationship between a Professor and his research assistant.
Research Assistant Serpina: Ye’ela Avital
Professor Uberto: Ehud Shapiro
Violin and research assistant: Gilad Hildesheim
Cello and research assistant: Adiel Shmit
Harpsichord and narrator: Yizhar Karshon
Music: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Recitatives are replaced by spoken text
Libretto: Gennaro Antonio Federico
Director: Shirit Lee Weiss
Singing in Italian with English subtitles.
Duets by Purcell on subjects related to the opera as
well as instrumental music will serve as a “warmup”.
The performance is about 1 hour without intermission.