CASA Magazine Review of “Trouble In Tahiti” and “La serva padrona”
La Serva Padrona and Trouble in Tahiti at Opera Santa Barbara
FRIDAY, April 15, 2011
by Robert F. Adams
Intriguing performances of Giovanni Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona (The Servant Mistress) paired with Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti were given by Opera Santa Barbara at the historic Lobero Theatre on April 8th and 10th, 2011. An adventurous double-bill, this unlikely program of short operatic works comprised the final productions of the current opera season.
CONCERT REVIEW: Operatic adventures in the chamber
Opera Santa Barbara’s double-header of Pergolesi’s ‘La serva padrona’ and Leonard Bernstein’s ‘Trouble in Tahiti’ brought grand designs into a chamber setting
JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT
April 12, 2011 7:22 AM
Taken on its own considerable merits, last weekend’ double-header chamber opera event at the Lobero Theatre, gamely mixing the 18th-century wiles of Pergolesi with the 20th-century fare of Leonard Bernstein, was a wowing triumph on an innately modest scale. On this occasion, Pergolesi’s musically lustrous, satirical farce about romantic power playing, “La serva padrona,” made for a surprisingly apt playmate for Bernstein’s 1952 parody-gone-dark “Trouble in Tahiti.” Read on…
Santa Barbara Independent Review of Trouble in Tahiti and La serva padrona
One-act Operas Explore Promise, Pitfalls of Matrimony on Friday, April 8
Monday, April 11, 2011
By Tom Jacobs
Love and marriage, as one musical-theater composer noted, go together like a horse and carriage. While the idea of getting hitched can be exhilarating, the actual journey is often bumpy. Opera Santa Barbara presented both sides of this coin last weekend in the Lobero Theatre in a satisfying evening of one-acts. Giovanni Pergolesi’s La serva padrona, which dates from 1733, is a bubbly comedy about a maid who schemes to get her bachelor employer to propose to her. Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, which premiered in 1952, shows us a day in the life of an unhappy marriage.