Minnesota's Premier Classical Music Festival

With a full, live season of professional opera, chamber music and symphonic concerts, as well as our “Working the Range” lecture series, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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.

Our Venues

Northern Lights celebrates the Range’s diverse history with performances at significant locations throughout the area.

Northern Lights Opera

Mozart’s magical opera The Magic Flute. July 15 & 17. For the family: July 14 & 16.

Discover Great Music on Minnesota’s historic Iron Range.

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.


The Northern Lights Music Festival mourns the passing of Sen. David Tomassoni, a great supporter of the the festival, and of all things that would improve the quality of life on the Iron Range.

Senator Tomassoni was a cultivated and cultured person, loving languages (especially Italian), international travel, classical music and opera–again, especially Italian opera! His support for the Legacy Amendment and for the Northern Lights Music Festival was unstinting and one of his last public appearances was at the festival’s recent production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute produced on the stage of his own alma mater, Chisholm High School. He worked his own magic for his constituents for decades, always with his great good humor and energy.

He was a monumental figure on the Iron Range and in the State of Minnesota and will be sorely missed.

Allysa Martin as Cinderella


The Northern Lights Festival Opera is the dazzling centerpiece of our season. Featuring internationally renowned singers with performances in multiple Range cities.
Adrian King at piano with orchestra.


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


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 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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