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Northern Lights Festival Opera

Under the guidance of Musical Director Gavriel Heine of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Northern Lights Festival Opera has become the cornerstone of the Northern Lights Music Festival with fully staged performances with orchestra in three Range cities: Aurora, Chisholm and Ely.

What began as an effort to involve the community in a wildly successful production of Britten’s Noyes Fludde in 2007, led to annual main stage productions of Hansel and Gretel, Carmina Burana, Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci.

In 2013, Northern Lights reached another landmark when it staged its first full-length, four-act opera, Puccini’s La Bohème.

Bizet’s Carmen followed in 2014 with Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 2015 and Madama Butterfly in 2016.

Last year’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin was another artistic success with Russian soprano Gelena Gaskarova reprising the role of Tatiana which she had previously performed at the Mariinsky.

Northern Lights production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Northern Lights first full-length opera, 2013 production of Puccini’s La Boheme.

2017 production of Eugene Onegina featruing soprano Gelena Gaskarova and baritone Anton Belov.

Maxim Mikhailov and Anton Belov in Eugene Onegin.

2016 production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

2011 production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.