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In 2014 “Brisbane Chamber Opera”has successfully produced one of the most beloved comic operas in history: 

La Serva Padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. 

The production is offered to audiences in Queensland and NSW in 2015.


To celebrate the Empress of Austria's birthday back in 1733, Pergolesi (1710 - 1736) was commissioned to write

an opera in which La Serva Padrona formed a two act intermezzo,

however this section later went on to gain extraordinary popularity as a separate work.

This tale of two archetypal characters, the cunning maid Serpina and her aging master Uberto,

has been very palatable to audiences around the world for almost 300 years. 


As the theme of the opera is timeless we decided to move it to a more “contemporary” stage and present the performance with modern instruments and costumes. The opera is sung in English in order to make the text approachable to Australian audiences and is directed by Sharyn Henry. 

The duration of the opera can vary from 1 hour to 90 minutes depending of the style of performance required.

(School and similar performances can be shorter, but full length performances with interval are another option). 

Ornaments of the Earth

The splendour of Händel's music

The Arioso Chamber Ensemble bring together the talents and experience of leading specialists

in Baroque performance - Hungarian soprano Judit Molnar, Margaret Caley (violin), Daniel Curro (cello) 

and Janet Brewer (harpsichord). 

In this concert taste the splendour of Händel’s music, including his Violin Sonata in D (Op 1 No 13),

and the enchanting Nine German Arias (HWV 202 – 210). Celebrating the wondrous world we live in,

this work was written in the 1720’s to popular verses by poet Barthold Heinrich Brockes.


The intimacy of Brockes’ poetry and the subtlety of Händel’s music lend themselves to chamber performance

with violin and soprano soloists supported by harpsichord and cello.

In Time for Christmas

O Holy Night

This special show is available for booking to add the elegant fun and merriment to your Christmas parties, corporate dinners and other special Christmas events. "In Time for Christmas" is a stunning selection of the most beautiful Christmas songs and carols to lead you into the Festive Season with one of the most glorious voice of Australia.

For booking and general enquires please fill out the contact form. 

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Pergolesi: La serva padrona

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