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.

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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.

2017 Science Festival Chorus

Weather and Climate

 

 

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. For a sample of such a song, listen to "The Ozone Song" by David Haines.

This year's Science Festival Chorus concert 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 Giants of Science. And here are recordings from our 2015 science chorus, A Little Light Music.

Watch this space in January for registration and rehearsal information.

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."