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Discover Great Music on Minnesota’s historic Iron Range.

July 1 – 26, 2021

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.

Bravi Tutti!

Thank you to our faculty, performers, staff and young artists
for making this season one of our best yet.

And thank you to our donors, audience members, families and friends
for their continuing support of the festival.  We couldn’t do it without you.

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.
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.

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.

Minnesota Arts Board Logo 

Logo Chisholm Community Foundation

Minnesota Power logo

B'nai Abraham logo
Gardner Trust logo


Johnson and Johnson logo
Cliffs Foundation logo
Explore Minnesota logo
Arrowhead Arts Council logo
IBM Logo
Your Classical MPR Logo
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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