Julianne Baird as Serpina in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona
"[Scintillating] is the account of Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona -- which absolutely sparkles, despite the lengthy recitative. Baird's portrayal of Serpina reminds us how much Mozart's Despina owed to this wily forbear."
Opera News (May 1993)
Baird and Ostendorf are in superb form here, reveling in the rapid-fire
recitatives, the playful bantering, and the sparkling arias in this little
gem of a comic intermezzo... The rare rapport they display makes this disc
a pure delight."
Creative Loafing (October 1993)
swear [Italian] were Julianne Baird's and bass-baritone John Ostendorf's
mother tongue. Not only their tone and musicality but their characterizations
The Daily Times (April 1992)
singers are simply excellent. Julianne Baird is a properly pert and
scheming Serpina... Baird's outstanding recordings of Early Music need
no introduction to collectors. In her hands, Serpina's arias and
recitatives emerge with dramatic clarity and enchanting musicality.
An accompanying booklet provides ... program notes by Baird.
NATS Journal (October 1991)