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.)

2023 Family Opera

Photo Slideshow, First Weekend:


Presenting the North American premiere of


Music by Stuart Hancock
Libretto by Donald Sturrock

Directed by David Bass and Kathy Lindsay
Choreography by Rachel Zimmerman

Based on the historical figure, Lady Mary Killigrew, The Cutlass Crew
tells of the adventures of this English aristocrat-turned-pirate who, with her
servants-turned-crew, menaced the high seas in the time of Queen Elizabeth I.
As always, our performances will be inter-generational, and (mostly!) in English with side titles.


Saturday, March 25 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, March 26 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm
Saturday, April 1 at 3:00pm and 7:00pm
Sunday, April 2 at 1:00pm and 5:00pm

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

$6 Children, $12 Adults, general admission

Tickets also available at the door.

Download a publicity flyer HERE / with QR codes
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Please wear a mask; vaccines & testing recommended
Tickets are refundable


This work was commissioned by the W11 Opera for Young People and was first performed in December 2017.
Our production has some additional new music and scenes.

Check out these snippets to get a sense of the fun music in this show, ranging from Elizabethan style to sea shanty!
     Grace O'Malley, Pirate Queen - the Players tell the story of the first lady pirate (2:49)
     The Last Unicorn - Sir Digory Piper serenades Queen Elizabeth (3:26)
     Lady Mary's Defense - our heroine explains why she turned to a life of piracy (1:37)
For a full synopsis, and to hear all the music, click HERE


To see our enthusiastic 2020 cast members performing
"Women o' War" from The Cutlass Crew (our first pandemic video), click HERE




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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."