Discover Great Music on Minnesota’s historic Iron Range.

With the close of this singular season, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our performers, staff, crew,
friends, families, sponsors and supporters for helping to make the 2020 Festival a reality. Bravi tutti!

2021 Dates To Be Announced 

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.


Northern Lights Young Artists Program provides private lessons, chamber music coachings and multiple performance opportunities to young pianists and string players.


Our opera apprentice program gives young singers the opportunity to train with world class vocal coaches and to perform both in our opera and in selected scene performaces.


The Northern Lights Festival Opera is the dazzling centerpiece of our season. Featuring internationally renowned singers with performances in three Range cities.
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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