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.
What began as an effort to involve the community in a wildly successful production of Britten's Noyes Fludde in 2007, led to annual mainstage 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.
Last year's production of Bizet's Carmen was the festival's biggest success to date.
Over the years, the Festival Opera has featured established international stars, as well as young and emerging artists.
Cast members have appeared on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Houston Grand Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Royal Opera Covent Garden, the Bolshoi Opera, the Weiner Volksopera, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and La Scala .