The North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) is thrilled to announce the NEMPAC Opera Project 2020 MainStage Production. This year, our Artistic Director, Alexandra Dietrich, has selected Rossini’s vibrant comedic masterpiece “Il Barbiere di Siviglia”, or “The Barber of Seville” as Americans have known and called it since its 1819 American Premiere in New York.
“This opera is a celebration of wit, charm, love, and laughter with Italian music that has left audiences clapping and roaring time and time again. 200 years after its American Premiere, I chose to bring it to the North End this season,” Dietrich explains, “where we still value those same joys in life and where we boast an embarrassment of riches in our multitude of beloved barbers, many of whom have carried on that noble, ancient trade for generations in their own families and brought them over from Italy to our Salem and Hanover Streets. As Seville, the setting of our opera, was historically the economic center of the Spanish Empire, and one of the most important trade cities on the Iberian Peninsula, I am excited that throughout our opera, NEMPAC Opera performers will be singing in both Spanish and Italian to heighten the comedic foibles and honor the impact of Spanish language and culture in an Italian-Spanish libretto World Premiere.”