“The Merchant of Venice” currently running at the Center for Jewish History in Manhattan will not please Shakespearean purists. But it should please everyone else. Long viewed as the archetype of antisemitic literature, this “Merchant” reflects the sensibilities of the American Sephardi Federation, under whose auspices it is being presented. In this production, the Jewish characters are Sephardic Jews. When they sing, it is either in the Hebrew of the Siddur or the Ladino of
Session 2 of the American Sephardi Music Festival runs February 24-26 2019 Dynamic and diverse performances by world-class artists will be heard at the second American Sephardi Music Festival (2nd session), presented by The American Sephardi Federation at The Center for Jewish History (15 W 16th Street, New York City). « The first and second editions of the festival that I have had the pleasure to direct and create were smashed hits with some of the greats of Sephardi music:
The JEW OF MALTA by Marlowe, starring David Serero as Barabas, to be performed in New York for a one night only! On December 3rd at 8pm, the classic play the JEW OF MALTA by Christopher Marlowe will be performed in a stage-reading version, starring David Serero as Barabas. This one night only performance will feature Sephardic songs sung by actor and opera star David Serero at the Center for Jewish History (15 w 16th St. New York NY 10011). The cast will include David Serero
Internationally renowned baritone and actor David Serero performed for the President of Portugal Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Thursday at the American Sephardi Federation located in the Center for Jewish History in New York. David Serero performed the famous Sephardi song « Adio Querida » from his album « Sephardi ». He was accompanied by Portuguese guitarist Pedro da Silva. Video of David Serero’s performance : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R-0b3EG0cs Opera star David Se
The American Sephardi Federation published this essay about THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, following David Serero's recent performances as Shylock. The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare’s classic play on love, commerce, and bigotry, has been the subject of a great, enduring controversy concerning its depiction of Shylock, “…the Jew/ That Shakespeare drew (Alexander Pope?, 1741).” Over the course of four centuries, different readings and productions of the play have ranged from accentu
http://www.thejewishweek.com/special-sections/sephardim-new-york/paying-vocal-homage-his-roots Paying Vocal Homage To His Roots by TED MERWIN When David Serero’s great-grandfather, who was the chief rabbi of Fez, would stroll through the streets of the then-capital of Morocco, both Jews and Arabs would rise to their feet in his honor, according to Serero family lore. A century later, Serero, an acclaimed opera singer, is in the midst of exploring his family heritage by impart
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare
Starring DAVID SERERO as Shylock
in a Sephardi style...
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare will be presented in a Sephardi style featuring songs of the era. Following its success in June 2015, this production is returning on the stage of the Center for Jewish History for 4 more performances:
Janurary 13th (3pm), 17th (7pm), 19th (8pm) and 21st (3pm).
Tickets: asfmerchant2016.bpt.me or 1 800 838 3006