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.


Welcome to our 2014-2015 Season!

2015 Science Festival Chorus

NOTE: Due to blizzard, first rehearsal POSTPONED one week until Wednesday, February 4

Now recruiting a FESTIVAL CHORUS of adults and children 5 and older
to perform a set of songs focused on light and the elecromagnetic spectrum
at the 2015 Cambridge Science Festival:

Songs of Electromagnetic Radiation


Directed by Laura Backley


Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:30pm
   Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave.
   Cambridge, MA
Registration: at the first two rehearsals on
   Wednesday, January 28, 6:00pm CANCELED DUE TO BLIZZARD!!
   Wednesday, February 4, 6:00pm
Performances:       on the two weekends of school vacation week
   Sunday April 19 at 6:00pm at the Museum of Science
   Saturday April 25 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
   Sunday April 26 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School

Children ages 5 to 11 require a participating adult

QUESTIONS? Contact Carla at
617-661-0479 or festival2015@familyopera.org

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A Little Light Music will explore topics related to light and the entire electromagnetic spectrum, in recognition of 2015 as the UN-designated International Year of Light. We will be presenting 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 is Hugo Award winning writer James Patrick Kelly.

These gifted composers have written some beautiful, interesting, and kid-friendly music, which everyone will enjoy performing. The topics of the songs are 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 will also be singing 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. Rehearsals will include a brief, accessible discussion of the science behind the songs. Our three performances will be presented with an accompanying slideshow of children’s artwork and lyrics.

Learn more and listen to last year's 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.

2015 Family Opera


Music by David Bass
Libretto by John Kane


Saturdays, March 21 and 28, 2015, at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sundays, March 22 and 29, 2015, at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

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.

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."