Discover Great Music on Minnesota’s historic Iron Range.

July 1 – July 20, 2020

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. 


Opera Apprentices Program Announced!

 This season, a new production of Puccini’s Tosca will be staged by Ecuadorian director, Chía Patiño. Tosca will be updated to a Central American location, with Tosca, to be performed by the amazing Cuban-American soprano, Elizabeth Caballero, portrayed as a pop star.  The politics and drama will provide audiences with a new reason to see this Top Ten opera again!

 Opera Apprentices will be cast in comprimario roles or in the opera chorus. 

A second opera, Menotti’s The Medium, will also be produced, with all secondary roles to be filled by the Opera Apprentices. A program of Opera Scenes will also be mounted. 





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 Join us as we celebrate the 250th birthday of Beethoven with performances of his works throughout the festival including a series of three all Beethoven chamber concerts at B’Nai Abraham.


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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Operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and culturalheritage fund.