Now in its sixth season, the NEMPAC Opera Project will present Beethoven’s Fidelio this June, a thought provoking opera chosen for it’s relevant social commentary. Conducted by Dr. Tiffany Chang and directed by new Opera Project Artistic Director Rebecca Miller, Fidelio follows the story of Leonore, a young woman who attempts to save her husband from certain death by courageously disguising herself as “Fidelio” and taking a job as a guard in the political prison where her husband unjustly awaits execution.
In a triumphant finale, Leonore succeeds in rescuing Florestan and exposes the jail’s corruption. With an inventive dramatic structure, soaring score, and captivating heroine, Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to human dignity—explores themes of love, bravery, and resilience in the face of adversity.
“I was adamant that we present a story that we could stand behind — a story with strong ties to social justice that centers around an extraordinary female lead. Fidelio examines themes such as the powers of the state, incarceration and capital punishment, freedom, forgiveness, strength, feminism, persistence, and humanity. It’s quite timely, as it’s about overcoming political persecution, speaking the truth in the face threats, and challenging an unjust system.” – Rebecca Miller, Artistic and Stage Director
This thrilling tale will be performed the evenings of June 22, June 23, and June 24 in Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall at 7:30 p.m., with a free Community performance at Christopher Columbus Park the afternoon of June 25 at 4:00 p.m.
About the NEMPAC Opera Project: Founded in 2011 and partnered with the Boston Opera Alliance, the mission of the NEMPAC Opera Project is to serve Boston’s community of singers, instrumentalists and artistic staff, as well as the general public by providing affordable and accessible opera in urban Boston. In the last three years, we have had over 5000 people come to see our NEMPAC Opera Productions, some being exposed to opera for the first time.
On Opening Night, June 22, we will be hosting a special reception at the Union Oyster House to celebrate with our dedicated team. Tickets for the Opening Night Reception can be purchased at the link below, and include prime VIP seats for the performance and entry into the reception, which will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as well as talks by our artistic team. Early bird discount reception tickets are available for $85 before May 15. Tickets purchased thereafter are $125. Proceeds from the reception support all of the work we do at NEMPAC, from performances to educational programming.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director Sherri Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.227.2270