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NEW YEAR’S EVE: CLASSICAL

First Night will be the last for Opera Boston

Company’s final performances will be a bittersweet way to ring in the new year

It’s a young composer’s opera about young love, performed by young singers, to welcome the start of a new year. But for all its optimism, the production also represents a sad and unexpected ending.

Mozart’s one-act “Bastien und Bastienne,’’ written when he was just 12, tells the story of a young shepherd and shepherdess whose romance gets a boost from the village magician. Opera Boston will present it twice at First Night on Saturday in semi-staged, 40-minute performances at Emmanuel Church, promising fun for all ages.

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