RACINE — The Belle Ensemble will present “La Serva Padrona” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the DeKoven Center’s Assembly Hall, 600 21st St.
In this early comic opera from the masterful Giovanni Batista Pergolesi, first performed in Naples in 1733, the leading woman goes from fed-up maid-servant to mistress of the household in the mere span of a day. Through cunning and a helpful alliance, Serpina shows Uberto, the “master of the house,” who it is that really rules the roost and, at the same time, wins his heart.
Soprano Shelly Melendez appears in the role of Serpina and Baritone Giustino Carrano in the role of Uberto, with Mike Kishline playing Vespone. The work is sung in Italian, with English supertitles provided. The performers will be accompanied by Fumi Nakayama at the harpsichord, with Ann Heide, Jessica Loomis DeBoer, Darlene Rivest and Michele Venturella.
The cost is $10. There is no charge for children and students with identification. Go to www.belleensemble.org/Season-Tickets.php or call 262-902-2624.