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.


2017 Science Festival Chorus

Many thanks to our chorus and audience
for three successful performances!



Directed by Laura Backley

during the two weekends of the Cambridge Science Festival

   Saturday April 15, 2017 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School, 70 Rindge Ave., Cambridge
   Saturday April 22, 2017 at 5:00pm at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, 415 Main St., Cambridge
   Sunday April 23, 2017 at 4:00pm at the Museum of Science, Boston

Peruse/download the program booklet for these performances

Once again, the North Cambridge Family Opera Science Festival Chorus presented a program of science songs at the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival in April. This year's production was a series of songs on the theme of weather and climate and covered topics as diverse as rain (including weird weather, like raining frogs!), tornadoes, the ozone hole (it's getting smaller--yay!), ocean level rise, the original climate change scientists (Fourier, Arrhenius, and Keeling), and the distinctions between weather and climate.

Singin' of the Rain comprises 19 songs by ten contemporary composers, including David Haines, who has been featured prominently in many of our previous Science Festival Choruses, plus Leo HurleyDan Kallman, Bruce Lazarus, and Lauren Mayer; as well as local composers Andrea Gaudette, Ruth Hertzman-Miller, Tim Maurice, and first-time locals Molly Ruggles and Stanley Sagov. The program also included 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 was accompanyied by a slideshow of song lyrics and children's artwork.

Audio recordings of the performances, with and without video of the accompanying slideshow, can be found here, along with information about the composers and lyricists who contributed to the program. 



2017 Family Opera

Many thanks to our cast, crew, and
audiences for a terrific production!


Directed by David Bass and Kathy Lindsay
Choreography by Rachel Zimmerman


A thought-provoking, secular opera based on the biblical story of Esther [SYNOPSIS]
Logo by A.J. Liuba

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

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

View/Download a publicity flyer ( COLOR or GRAYSCALE )
View/Download our program booklet! (Large PDF HERE)

Our 2017 Family Opera production was 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.

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."