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

2020 Family Opera

Thanks to all those who auditioned for our 2020 OPERA


Music by Stuart Hancock
Libretto by Donald Sturrock

Audition information archived HERE
Performances March 28 and 29, April 4 and 5, 2020
at the Peabody School in Cambridge

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

This work was commissioned by the W11 Opera for Young People and was first performed in December 2017. Our production will have 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!
     Battle of the Sexes - the placid life of the servants at Arwenack House (3:13)
     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)

You can also visit this page periodically, which has the full complement of demos and accompaniments (with more completed music every day!), as well as clips from the W11 production.

Sign up on the NCFO mailing list by clicking HERE.

2019 Science Festival Chorus

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


Directed by Sarah Eastman and David Bass

Performances:       Saturday April 13 at 3:00pm at the Broad Institute
   Sunday April 14 at 3:00pm at the Cambridge Public Library (main library)
   Saturday April 20 at 3:00pm at the Peabody School

For the thirteenth consecutive year, North Cambridge Family Opera presented a program of science songs at the Cambridge Science Festival (April 12-21 2019). This year's production celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. We presented a program of twenty songs about the history, challenges, and potential destinations of space travel, including songs by eleven contemporary composers about animals in space, the exploration of Mars, and what happens as you approach the speed of light. We also sang a medley of songs composed by Cambridge Public School students under the direction of David Haines and Andrea Gaudette, as part of their CPS Songwriting Workshops. The entire program included an accompanying slideshow of song lyrics and children's artwork.

Click here for demos of the music from One Whole Step for Man and information about the composers and lyricists who wrote it.

And listen to/watch our 2017 performance of Singin' of the Rain and our 2016 performance of Giants of Science.

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."