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.


2018 Family Opera

Links about Weedpatch HERE, HERE, and HERE
PERFORMANCES: March 17, 18, 24, and 25, 2018


Thanks to all who auditioned for WEEDPATCH!


LISTEN to a trio sung by the young heroine, her father, and her grandmother (41 seconds)
LISTEN to the end of the opening chorus sung by the Okies (71 seconds)
LISTEN to part of a folk song sung by the Weedpatch Chorus (31 seconds)
Audition information is archived HERE

This first-ever NCFO commission, with music by Stanford University’s Paul Phillips, and book and libretto by Grammy-winning storyteller Bill Harley, is set at the historical Weedpatch School, built and run by Oklahoma migrants, who show resilience and humor in the face of poverty and hostility from the settled Californians. Gorgeous music, many solo roles, lots of chorus singing and opportunities to dance - including hoedowns, of course!

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2017 Science Festival Chorus

Many thanks to our chorus and audience
for three successful performances!



Directed by Laura Backley

during the two weekends of the Cambridge Science Festival

   Saturday April 15, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge
   Saturday April 22, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, 415 Main St., Cambridge
   Sunday April 23, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Museum of Science, Boston

Peruse/download the program booklet for these performances

Once again, the North Cambridge Family Opera Science Festival Chorus presented a program of science songs at the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival in April. This year's production was a series of songs on the theme of weather and climate and covered topics as diverse as rain (including weird weather, like raining frogs!), tornadoes, 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.

Singin' of the Rain comprises 19 songs by ten contemporary composers, including David Haines, who has been featured prominently in many of our previous Science Festival Choruses, plus Leo HurleyDan Kallman, Bruce Lazarus, and Lauren Mayer; as well as local composers Andrea Gaudette, Ruth Hertzman-Miller, Tim Maurice, and first-time locals Molly Ruggles and Stanley Sagov. The program also included 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 was accompanyied by a slideshow of song lyrics and children's artwork.

Audio recordings of the performances, with and without video of the accompanying slideshow, can be found here, along with information about the composers and lyricists who contributed to the program. 



New operas

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."