Celebrating Our 20th Year!

Minnesota’s Premier Classical Music Festival.

Young Artists Program

Our young artists are taught and coached by an internationally renowned performing faculty.

Opera Apprentice Program

Young and aspiring singers are trained to become the opera stars of tomorrow.

Northern Lights Opera

Each season Northern Lights produces a fully professional and fully stage opera featuring a cast of international stars, under the baton of Maestro Gavriel Heine.  This season, NLMF will reprise its first full length opera…”La boheme” in celebration of its 20th anniversary season.  

Discover Great Music on Minnesota’s historic Iron Range.

July 1 – July 21, 2023

One of Minnesota’s largest music festivals, the Northern Lights Music Festival offers lovers of classical music three weeks of opera, chamber music and orchestra concerts presented by an international roster of guest artists, performing faculty and prize-winning young artists.

2023 Annual Appeal

Help us celebrate 20 years of serving the Iron Range Community with great opera, chamber and symphonic music!

Now accepting applications for our Young Artists and Opera Apprentices Programs.

The festival is funded by the generous contributions of numerous governmental agencies,corporations and private donors, including the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and gifts from Explore Minnesota Tourism, IBM and Minnesota Power Foundation.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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