Tomaso Albinoni: The Domineering Chambermaid


New College Ante-chapel
21 & 22 November 2014
Tickets £12/£6 from TicketSource

Musical director: Michael Pandya
Director: Michael Burden

Pimpinone: George Robarts
Vespetta: Bernadette Johns

in a new translation by Simon Rees

Tomaso Albinoni’s short intermezzo, The Domineering Chambermaid, tells the story of a servant girl, Vespetta, who marries her rather dim employer, Pimpinone, and having apparently made him the happiest man in the world, proceeds to misbehave, take his money, and embarrass him in public. She declares: ‘she will do exactly what she wants to do’! The piece was originally intended as light entertainment between the acts of an opera seria; it was first performed in 1708.