12 Pimpinone

, Start Time: 16:00, End Time: 18:00 Orkney Theatre The Meadows, Kirkwall KW15 1QN

The Unequal Marriage Between Vespetta and Pimpinone - A Comic Opera

Aarhus Sommeropera
The Danish Sinfonietta

Pimpinone – Telemann’s wonderful comic opera - was premièred in 1725 in Hamburg as light relief between acts of Handel’s opera Tamerlano. A fun-packed entertainment, its full title The Uneven Marriage Between Vespetta and Pimpinone or The Dominating Chambermaid reveals that this intermezzo sits in direct contrast to the magnificent Baroque world of gods and aristocracy with its overindulgence in love, longing, pain, and passion. These three vignettes present an alternative, more practical reality, where the unemployed chambermaid Vespetta succeeds in bringing certain feelings to life in the rich, but lonely, Pimpinone. He engages her as his chambermaid and housekeeper with surprising consequences. In this version of Pimpinone, instrumental music, together with an aria and a duet written by Telemann, but originally performed as part of Richard Keiser’s opera Nebucadnezar, have been added to complete Aarhus Sommeropera’s version of Telemann’s most popular opera. The whole story unfolds in a cartoon-strip universe where Baroque classicism meets the present day.

Pimpinone will be sung in English in a new translation by Christopher Cowell.

Berit Berfred Jensen Vespetta
Jesper Mikkelsen Pimpinone

Jan Maagard Director
Ivar Gjørup Designer
David Riddell Conductor

Telemann Pimpinone, TWV 21:15

Tickets £20 / Concessions £15
Duration 2 hours

Also performed as Event 8

The Danish Sinfonia and Aarhus Sommeropera’s visit to St. Magnus Festival is kindly supported by:
Augustinus Fonden
Knud Højgaards fond
Oticon Fonden
Frimodt-Heineke Fonden


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