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Danish premiere of Telemanns enchanting comik opera
with added instrumental music og extra arias

Singers: Berit Barfred Jensen; Jesper Mikkelsen
Director: Jan Maagaard
Designer: Ivar Gjørup
Conductor: David Riddell
Randers Chamber Orchestra - The Danish Sinfonietta

Pimpinone (TWV 21:15) was premiered at the Theater am Gänsemarkt in Hamborg, on September 27, 1725, as a little light relief between the acts of Telemann's version of Hdndel's opera seria Tamerlano. Its full title is Die Ungleiche Heirat zwischen Vespetta und Pimpinone oder Das herrsch-süchtige Camer Mägden (The Uneven Marriage Between Vespetta and Pimpinone or The Dominating Chambermaid). The work is described as a Lustiges Zwischenspiel in three parts and was well recieved at its premiere, paving the way for other works of a similar nature, notably La Serva Padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

In direct contrast to the magnificent Baroque world of gods and counts with its overindulgence in love, longing, pain, and passion, these three intermezzi present an alternative, more practical reality, where the unemployed chambermaid Vespetta succeeds in bringing certain feelings to life in the rich, but lonley and distant Pimpione. He engages her as his chambermaid and housekeeper with surprising consequences to follow!

Telemann specified that if Pimpinone was to be performed on its own — which became increasingly commonplace as the work gained popularity in its time — that a series of Italian concertos should be sandwiched between the intermezzi to replace the acts of an opera seria. Instrumental music, together with two arias written by Telemann, but originally performed as part of Reinhard 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.


Premiere :
August 26 - 7.30 p.m.

August 28 - 7.30 p.m.
September 1 - 7.30 p.m.
September 2 - 7.30 p.m.
September 4 - 7.30 p.m.
September 8 - 7.30 p.m.
September 9 - 7.30 p.m.
September 11 - 7.30 p.m.

Helsingør Theater,
Den Gamle By,
Viborgvej 2,
8000 Århus C

Ticket sales:
Musikhuset Aarhus
tel. +45 89 404040

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