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North End Music and Performing Arts Center to mount 'Cosi fan tutte' at Faneuil Hall

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  June 25, 2013 04:31 PM

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After a successful production last summer of Georges Bizet’s “Carmen,” the North End Music and Performing Arts Center is preparing to mount its second opera this Thursday and Friday, with an outdoor community outreach performance on Sunday at Christopher Columbus Park.

A live orchestra and a troupe of singers, several of them NEMPAC instructors, will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 1790 opera buffa “Così fan tutte” as the center moves its production for the first time to Faneuil Hall.

“This opera is a model of the offerings that we provide,” said Sherri Snow, executive director of NEMPAC.

Snow said the production highlights the center’s music programs, musical theater program, Italian language offerings, and efforts to bring the arts to residents of the North End and all over Boston.

“I think putting the Italian language with the music and the theater are three really strong components of what we offer,” Snow said.

Rebecca Rapoport-Cole, artistic director for the production, said it was a high priority for the center to provide opportunities for performers and audiences to have access to opera and other performing arts in the heart of the city.

“It was very important with us to start an opera project that we could keep urban,” she said. “We really wanted to keep it local and accessible.”

The opera, which will be sung in Italian with English supertitles, tells the story of an old philosopher who makes a wager with two soldiers that he can prove their fiancées are fickle in their affections, as he believes all women to be.

To test the women, the soldiers say they have been called away to war and then return in disguise to attempt to woo them.

“There’s a lot of drama,” Rapoport-Cole said.

In this production, the philosopher is played by RaShaun Campbell; the soldiers are Joshua May and Patrick McGill; and the women are Kathryn McKellar and Carrie Reid-Knox.

Rapoport-Cole explained that the ending of the opera can be interpreted differently by different directors.

“To find out our director Brent Wilson’s interpretation, come out and see the show,” she said.

Wilson, the stage director for this production, collaborated with conductor Tiffany Chang and diction coach Pamela Dellal.

“Così fan tutte” will be performed in the Great Hall at Faneuil Hall on Thursday, June 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $25, with student tickets available for $20 and VIP balcony seats at $40.

A free outdoor production will take place at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday, June 30, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.nempacboston.org.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com.
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Opera singers Carrie Reid-Knox and Kathryn McKellar shared an amused look at a recent rehearsal of “Così fan tutte.”

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