Our Mission: We provide children and adults the experience of telling stories through song, by performing original, entirely-sung operas and oratorios, with lyrics and music accessible and appealing to audiences of all ages. For a quick glimpse of what we're all about, check out this terrific promo video by Emilija Baksys.


2017 Science Festival Chorus

INVITING adults and children 6 and older to join a chorus
to perform a program of songs about weather and climate
at the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival:

Directed by Laura Backley

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7:30pm
   Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.
   Cambridge, MA 02140
Registration: at the first two rehearsals on
   Wednesday, January 25, 6:15pm
   Wednesday, February 1, 6:15pm
Performances:       on the two weekends of school vacation week
   Saturday April 15 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School
   Saturday April 22 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
   Sunday April 23 at 4:00pm at the Museum of Science

Children ages 6 to 11 require a participating adult

QUESTIONS? Contact Claudette at
617-821-5043 or festival2017@familyopera.org


Once again, we will be presenting a program of science songs at the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival in April. This year's production will be a series of songs on the theme of weather and climate and covers topics as diverse as rain (including weird weather, like raining frogs!), tornadoes, La Niña and El Niño, the ozone hole (it's getting smaller--yay!), ocean level rise, the original climate change scientists (Fourier, Arrhenius, and Keeling), and the distinctions between weather and climate. For a sample of such a song, watch the "The Ozone Song" ( video of live performance / animation with lyrics ).

Singin' of the Rain will comprise about 20 songs by several contemporary composers, including David Haines, who has been featured prominently in many of our previous Science Festival Choruses, plus Dan Kallman, Bruce Lazarus, and Lauren Mayer; as well as local composers Andrea Gaudette, Ruth Hertzman-Miller, Tim Maurice, first-time locals Molly Ruggles and Stanley Sagov and NCFO's own David Bass! We will also sing a medley of songs composed by Cambridge Public School students under the direction of David Haines, as part of David's CPS Songwriting Workshops. The entire program will include an accompanying slideshow of song lyrics and children's artwork.

Rehearsals will be at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave, Cambridge, starting at 6:15. You may register at either of the first two rehearsals, on January 25 and February 1. Weekly rehearsals will continue through April 12, with a Dress Rehearsal scheduled for April 14. Generally, we will start rehearsals with warmups and announcements from 6:15 to 6:30. Everyone will rehearse until 7:30 (at some rehearsals, we may have 20 to 30 minutes of separate rehearsing just for the kids), then younger children and their parents may leave. The rehearsal will continue for another 45 minutes (until about 8:15), during which we will work on some of the more challenging music. Most of the songs will be rehearsed during the 6:30-7:30 hour. A few songs will be performed by only those who stay for the later rehearsal. Many rehearsals will include a brief, accessible discussion of the science behind the songs.

Learn more about and listen to/watch this past year's performance of Giants of Science. And here are recordings from our 2015 science chorus, A Little Light Music.

2017 Family Opera

Performances March 25, 26, April 1, 2, 2017
At the Peabody School, Cambridge, MA


A thought-provoking, secular opera based on the biblical story of Esther.
A complete synopsis is available HERE.
Our audition information is archived HERE.

Our 2017 Family Opera production will be Springtime for Haman. In this sequel to Cambridge composer David Bass's romantic opera The Coronation of Esther, Queen Esther risks her life to save her cousin Mordechai and the Jewish people from Haman, the vengeful Grand Vizier of Persia. Springtime for Haman is a sensitive and entertaining portrayal of the biblical story in two 50-minute acts and features lyrical music in a variety of popular and classical styles. Presented by an inter-generational cast in English with side titles. See our 2010 performances of Springtime for Haman HERE.

Commission Competition

We are pleased to announce the winner of our family opera commission competition: Weedpatch, by composer Paul Phillips, book and lyrics by Bill HarleyWeedpatch is loosely based on historical accounts of Oklahomans who immigrated to California’s Central Valley in the 1930s. Funding for Weedpatch has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.

We are always interested in hearing about new operas or entirely-sung musicals which might be suitable for our group. Please click here for more details of what we are looking for in the way of a "family opera."