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NEMPAC Opera Project Brings Accessible Opera to Faneuil Hall

NEMPAC is thrilled to present the 2017 Opera Project Production, Beethoven’s Fidelio, on June 22-24 at historic Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall, and on June 25 for the free community outreach performance at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.

June 22 – 24: Faneuil Hall’s Great Hall | 7:30 p.m.
June 25: Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park | 4:00 p.m. (reserved seating available)
SPECIAL TALL SHIPS DISCOUNT: Use code “SailBoston” on June 17- 18 for 50% OFF Regular Tickets!

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, the Opera Project has drawn over 5000 people come to see their productions, with many being exposed to opera for the first time.

The project, founded in 2011, draws from Boston’s significant arts scene to present a full two-act or four-act opera sung in the language of origin, with English translations, accompanied by chamber orchestra in historic Faneuil Hall.

“Every year we get new guests who tell us they’re shocked they have not seen one of our productions – longtime residents included,” says Sherri Snow, NEMPAC Executive Director.  “But once they see the quality of the production, the level of the performers; they’re hooked.”

“Boston has such a rich arts community and these productions really take full advantage of that,” says Rebecca Rappaport-Cole, the Opera Project’s Artistic Advisor & Co-Founder.

This year’s production, 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.  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.

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