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Center for Jewish History to Present NABUCCO, 4/6-17

Giuseppe Verdi's opera classic NABUCCO - about Babylonian Jews in exile during Biblical times - will be presented April 6 to 17 at the Center for Jewish History (15 W. 16 St.) in Manhattan, it has been announced by the American Sephardi Federation, which is presenting a trio of Sephardic-themed production for the first time ever this year in its celebration of Sephardic history and culture. NABUCCO follows the Center's acclaimed adaptation of MERCHANT OF VENICE earlier this year, and will be followed by a revival of OTHELLO in June.

The world-renowned baritone David Serero stars as NABUCCO, joined by cast members Rosa D'Imperio (Abigaile), Stephanie Malbec Senechal (Ismaele). Steven Fredericks (Zaccaria) and Sara Pearson (Fenena).

Tickets to NABUCCO are $26 and $36 and can be reserbed online at www.asfnabucco.bpt.me or by calling 800 838 3006. NABUCCO will perform April 6 at 3; April 10 at 7; April 12 at 8; April 14 at 8; April 17 at 8.

(CRITICS PLEASE NOTE: ALL PERFORMANCES ARE OPEN FOR REVIEW.)

Jason Guberman, Director of the American Sephardi Federation, states, "The enormous success of last year's MERCHANT - which attracted packed audiences of all ages - warrants this expanded season at the Center for Jewish History."

NABUCCO is directed by David Serero.

David Serero is a Parisian-born, classically trained actor and baritone, who has performed operas, pop concerts in more than 800 concerts around the world, including at numerous venues in NYC. In addition to producing and starring in MERCHANT OF VENICE last year at the Center for Jewish History, he has appeared Off-Broadway in the musical TRUFFLES, and performed sold-out solo concerts at the Snapple Theatre Center in Times Square. In 2012, he made his sold out WEST END debuts at the Dominion Theatre. In London, David performed at the Wembley stadium and at the Royal College of Music. In Paris he starred as Don Quixote from MAN OF LA MANCHA and as Happy Mac from BEGGAR'S HOLIDAY by Duke Ellington. He recorded a duet with JERMAINE JACKSON and produced his Jazz album. He performed two concerts on Times Square for Best of France. He has recorded several albums including a Frank Sinatra tribute album, Sephardi (an album of Sephardic songs), Habanera a modern version of Carmen Opera, All My Love is For You (which he entirely composed and produced). Born deaf, Serero learned to speak, sing and play the piano only when he was a teenager in France, going on to study in some of the greatest opera academies in the world, including the Mariinsky Theater in Russia. www.davidserero.com

THE AMERICAN SEPHARDI FEDERATION is a founding member of the Center for Jewish History, is a non-profit Jewish organization that strengthens and organizes the religious and cultural activities of Sephardic Jews, preserves Sephardic heritage, tradition and culture.

The Center for Jewish History is a cultural institution, independent research facility and destination for the exploration of Jewish history and heritage. It is home to five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

The partners' archival collections span more than 700 years of history and total over 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents (in 23 languages and 52 alphabet systems). The collections also include thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films and photographs.

At the Center, history is illuminated through scholarship and cultural programming, exhibitions and symposia, lectures and performances.


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