Opera Mariposa's young performers impress audiences

Photo by Judy Chee

Vancouver's new company Opera Mariposa's  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona (or the Maid Turned Mistress) gained high praise this season. Run by young artists, for young artists, Opera Mariposa gives emerging talent a showcase.

Photograph by Michelle Doherty

The comedic short opera follows the story of the maid, Serpina (played by Allison Cociani) and Uberto, her employer (played by Damon Beryl Schwabach-Morris). Serpina has decided to act as mistress instead of maid, and Uberto decides to put her in her place by marrying someone else. Serpina convinces Vespone, Uberto's servant (played by Astrid Varnes), to help her trick Uberto into marrying her instead. The two conspirers are successful in their endeavor, but though he has been tricked, Uberto realizes that ultimately he wanted to marry Serpina all along.

Photo by Michelle Doherty

Opera Mariposa is expected to continue to impress in future seasons, and fans of the arts would be wise to keep this new company in mind.

Photo by Judy Chee

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