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.

What's New?
Members of NCFO recently performed "The Ozone Song" by David Haines, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, and to mark this year's International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer on September 16! Check out this animation at the UN website, and this live performance of the song.


Welcome to our 2015-2016 Season!

2016 Family Opera


Music by Bernard Hughes
Libretto by William Radice

Directed by David Bass and Kathy Lindsay
Choreography by Rachel Zimmerman


An opera based on a Bengali animal fable by Upendrakishore Raychaudhuri
Translated and adapted by William Radice in The Stupid Tiger and Other Tales (1981)
Logo by Jen Fuchel

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

Saturdays, March 12 and March 19, at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sundays, March 13 and March 20, at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Suggested donation of $6 kids, $12 adults
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Our 2016 production will be Chincha-Chancha Cooroo or the WEAVER’S WEDDING. This remarkable family opera for audiences of all ages is based on a classic Bengali animal fable, with music by Bernard Hughes and libretto by William Radice. A wily Jackal arranges the marriage of a foolish, uneducated Weaver to the King's daughter ... but it is the Princess who has the last laugh! This entirely sung 70-minute show (plus intermission) is full of stunning sets, colorful costumes, and beautiful music and dance. Listen to our 2009 performance of Weaver's Wedding HERE.

2016 Science Festival Chorus

Directed by Laura Backley


Performances:       on the two weekends of school vacation week
   Saturday April 16 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
   Sunday April 17 at 6:00pm at the Museum of Science
   Sunday April 24 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School

QUESTIONS? Contact Carla at
617-661-0479 or festival2016@familyopera.org

Once again, we will be presenting a program of science songs at the 2016 (tenth annual!) Cambridge Science Festival in April. This year's production will be a series of songs on the theme of Giants of Science, highlighting the lives and work of great scientists and mathematicians throughout history who have shaped our understanding of the world. Included will be songs about Johannes Kepler, Charles Darwin, Ada Lovelace, Erwin Schrödinger, Annie Jump Cannon, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, to name just a few. For a sample of such a song, listen to/watch the slideshow from our 2009 performance of "Mister Darwin" by David Haines.

Giants of Science will comprise about 20 songs by several contemporary composers. 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.

Learn more about and listen to/watch this past year's performance of A Little Light Music. And here are recordings from our 2014 science chorus, Powers of Ten.

KEY TO IMAGE ABOVE (see HERE for Creative Commons license):

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."