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.

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Thanks for a great 2014-2015 Season!

2015 Family Opera

Many thanks to our cast, crew, and audiences for a terrific production!


Directed by David Bass and Kathryn Lindsay
Choreography by Rachel Zimmerman


All performances were at:
The Peabody School  (Directions, map, parking)
70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

Saturdays, March 21 and March 28, at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sundays, March 22 and March 29, at 1:00pm and 5:00pm
See when your family and friends performed!

Reality TV runs amok in NCFO's 2015 production, KIDS COURT, written by David Bass (music) and John Kane (libretto). In this farcical, hilarious satire, underage plaintiffs and a jury of their (kid) peers beset the beleaguered grownup defendant, while the irrepressible Judge Trudi doles out justice in front of a live studio audience. This fully-sung, 90-minute show was first performed by NCFO in 2007, and is raucous fun for audiences of all ages.

2015 Science Festival Chorus

Thanks to our chorus and audience for a wonderful festival!


Songs of Electromagnetic Radiation


Directed by Laura Backley


Performances:       were on the two weekends of school vacation week
   Sunday April 19 at 6:00pm at the Boston Museum of Science
   Saturday April 25 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute, 415 Main St., Cambridge
   Sunday April 26 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge

Learn more about A Little Light Music and hear/view the performance


Peruse the program booklet for the performances


A Little Light Music explored topics related to light and the entire electromagnetic spectrum, in recognition of 2015 as the UN-designated International Year of Light. We presented songs by a variety of composers, including David Haines, who has been featured prominently in many of our previous Science Festival Choruses; Andrea Gaudette, Dan Kallman, Dan Kohane, Bruce Lazarus, and Lauren Mayer, whose wonderful songs we have also performed in previous shows; as well as first-time contributors Michael Ching, Tim Maurice, and Family Opera's own long-time participant, Ruth Hertzman-Miller. One of the lyricists this year was Hugo Award winning writer James Patrick Kelly.

These gifted composers have written some beautiful, interesting, and kid-friendly music, which everyone enjoyed performing. The topics of the songs were as diverse as the Northern Lights, the speed of light, radio waves, different parts of the spectrum seen by different animals, and cosmic background radiation. We also sang a medley of songs composed last year by Cambridge Public School students under the direction of David Haines, as part of David's CPS Songwriting Workshops. Our three performances were presented with an accompanying slideshow of children’s artwork and lyrics.

Learn more and listen to the 2014 performance of Powers of Ten, by David Haines, performed as part of the 2014 Cambridge Science Festival. And here are recordings from our 2013 science chorus, H2Oratorio.


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."