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Pimpinone
About the performance

The opera Pimpinone or the Unequal Marriage by Georg Philipp Telemann, which was created as a “comic intermezzo”, was first performed on the 27th of September 1725 in Hamburg between the acts of the opera Tamerlano by George Frideric Handel. The libretto by Pietro Pariati was originally intended for an Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni. Librettist Johann Philipp Praetorius created its German edition. The premiere was so successful that Praetorius and Telemann wrote a new opera Die amours der Vespetta to continue the story. The plot of Pimpinone anticipated La serva padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, created several years later: an attractive housemaid Vespetta (“little wasp” in Italian) seduces her master Pimpinone and marries him. After that the old man, who is in love but unhappy in marriage, has to bear his wife’s caprices. Having got a firm hold of his house and wallet, Vespetta subordinates her husband.

Premiered at the Boris Pokrovsky Musical Theatre on March, 25. 1983.

Revival of the first production — 22 May, 2009.

Libretto by Johann Philipp Praetorius

Stage Director
Arne Mikk
Scene:
Chamber Stage
Language:
Russian

Translation by Irina Maslennikova

Bolshoi opera official sponsor is Payment System MIR
Irina Alekseenko as Vespetta.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Roman Shevchuk as Pimpinone, Irina Alekseenko as Vespetta.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Roman Shevchuk as Pimpinone, Irina Alekseenko as Vespetta.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Roman Shevchuk as Pimpinone.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Roman Shevchuk as Pimpinone, Irina Alekseenko as Vespetta.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Roman Shevchuk as Pimpinone, Irina Alekseenko as Vespetta.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Cast
30 March
2023

Thursday, 19:00

29 March
2023

Wednesday, 19:00

26 January
2023

Thursday, 19:00

25 January
2023

Wednesday, 19:00

15 June
2022

Wednesday, 19:00

13 January
2022

Thursday, 19:00

12 October
2021

Tuesday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Vespetta, a chambermaid, is looking for a rich husband. She meets Pimpinone, a wealthy merchant who is looking for a servant. Won over by her good looks and her flattery, he falls for her and marries her. Once married Vespetta shows her waspish nature (the name Vespetta means «little wasp») and completely dominates her husband. Vespetta systematically does likewise to the keys to the larder, the wine-cellar and the money-chest.

Pimpinone is displeased at her behavior but she is unafraid and points out the terms of the marriage stipulate that she gets the dowry if they divorce. Pimpinone is forced to capitulate to her every whim.

Schedule and tickets
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29 March
Wednesday
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30 March
Thursday
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19:00
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