The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) soared to new heights with their stunningly beautiful rendition of Puccini’s “La Bohème” in Faneuil Hall, The Great Hall. The Opera was presented on June 25th, 26th, and 27th with a free community performance at St. Stephen’s Church on Sunday, June 28th.
The reviews are in and they are nothing short of outstanding. Kate Stringer of the Boston Music Intelligencer says,
As an opera devotee, I possess a long and fond history with Bohème—the piece having was my “gateway drug” into the world of opera. It was therefore particularly gratifying to attend Saturday’s show with a friend to whom Bohème (and much of the operatic repertoire) was completely unknown. By the end of the evening she was thoroughly enchanted with the music, the story, and the production, and I was reminded of my own first impressions of the opera I’ve loved for ages. In so effectively reaching a new audience, the NEMPAC Opera Project has scored an important victory for opera in the 21st century, helping to secure the genre’s survival into the future. (Read the full review.)
Entering their fourth year of the Opera Project, each year the audience grows and the involvement from our community gets greater. “La Bohème” Stage Director, Adrienne Boris, and Conductor, Dr. Tiffany Chang, merged theatre and music in a way that touched many hearts. The singers displayed their talents and the orchestra filled the hall with Puccini’s most Romantic music. Many community members found the production so inspiring that they returned for multiple performance nights. For anyone – music-lover or non-music lover, this production made you fall in love with opera.
“The Opera Project is a one of our strongest and most successful programs here at NEMPAC. Our growing non-profit arts organization is receiving city-wide recognition for this program and others alike. Please join us for our Summer Concert Series on the Waterfront as we continue to build our communty through music!” – Sherri Snow, NEMPAC Executive Director
In conjunction with the Opera Project, NEMPAC hosted a special Opening Night Reception at North 26, the Millennium Hotel for sponsors and supporters. The event was paired with exclusive front row seating at the opening night performance at The Great Hall. Photos from the reception and the Opera can be found below.
Thank you to our Generous Sponsors of the NEMPAC Opera Project 2015! THE GREAT HALL $2,500+ Andrea & Arthur Waldstein Dr. Tiffany Chang Eleutheros Endowment Fund of The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation LA BOHEME $1,000+ Angelo Piccardi & Family DePasquale Ventures Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone Friends of the Christopher Columbus Park Friends of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston NorthEndBoston.com TD Bank MIMI $500+ Century Bank The Millennium Hotel RUDOLFO $250+ Geraldine Haskell Green Cross Pharmacy Waterfront Properties LLC Nazzaro Community Center St. Anthony’s Society MUSETTA $125+ Eagle Bank Jane and Jim Connolly Penny and Dick Garver Constance Giesser Maxine & Don Goldberg Michelle Heath Phyllis London Sonia and Joseph Michelson Rita Robert Dale and Harold Stahler Anne Devlin Tagliaferro Jane Weingarten Kris VanOpdorp Contact NEMPAC: firstname.lastname@example.org / 617-227-2270