La Serva Padrona – Pergolesi

The owner of Combe Park in Berkshire, David Russell, commissioned the translation of this famous old two-hander – with a third silent role – for the small theatre at his home; the performances, in the summer of 1999, starred Richard Suart as Ubaldo and Sally Harrison as the bossy servant of the title, Serpetta.

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Aria – Sempre in contrasti con te si sta


You’re so contrary, you drive me nuts!
Those ifs and buts
this to and fro
and yes or no;
I’ve had enough I tell you,
I’ll call your bluff.