2024 Family Opera

Thanks to our cast, crew and audience for a fantastic production:
the reprise of our 2014 production of Rain Dance.
Slideshow from our first weekend of performances:

Music by Stuart Hancock
Libretto by Donald Sturrock


Directed by David Bass and Kathy Lindsay
Choreography by Rachel Zimmerman

A timely animal fable about
drought, dictators, and democracy!


As always, our performances were inter-generational,
family-friendly, and (mostly!) in English with side titles.

Saturday, March 16 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, March 17 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm
Saturday, March 23 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, March 24 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Performances were at the Peabody School  (Directions, map, parking)
70 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

This year we reprised our 2014 production of Rain Dance. Inspired by "The Hare Who Would Not Be King", Tish Farrell's adaptation of an Akamba folk tale, Rain Dance is the story of animals on the South African savanna facing a drought, the Machiavellian lion whom they elect to lead them, and their unlikely hero, a brilliant but neurotic and politically apathetic rabbit.

Rain Dance was commissioned by the W11 Opera for Young People (now London Youth Opera) and first performed by them in December 2010. The opera was written by Stuart Hancock (music) and by Donald Sturrock (libretto).

Read the synopsis and listen to the music HERE!

Our Mission

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. This video is a 3-minute introduction to what makes NCFO unique! (For more detail, here's a 12-minute version.)

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Previous Science Festival Chorus productions available HERE

New Works

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."