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Northern Lights Festival Opera

Under the guidance of Musical Director Gavriel Heine of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Northern Lights Festival Opera has become the cornerstone of the Northern Lights Music Festival with fully staged performances with orchestra in three Range cities: Aurora, Chisholm and Ely.

What began as an effort to involve the community in a wildly successful production of Britten’s Noyes Fludde in 2007, led to annual main stage productions of Hansel and Gretel, Carmina Burana, Gianni Schicchi and Pagliacci.

In 2013, Northern Lights reached another landmark when it staged its first full-length, four-act opera, Puccini’s La Bohème.

Bizet’s Carmen followed in 2014 with Lehar’s The Merry Widow in 2015, Madama Butterfly in 2016 and Eugene Onegin in 2017.  

Last year’s production of  Rossini’s The Barber of Seville was another artistic success, that brought back Onegin’s Olga, Chrystal E Williams, in the role of Rosina.

Northern Lights production of Rossini’s The Barber of Seville with Rafael Porto and Chrystal E Williams.

Northern Lights first full-length opera, 2013 production of Puccini’s La Boheme.

Baritone Anton Belov and soprano Gelena Gaskova in Eugene Onegin.

2017 production of Eugene Onegin featuring soprano Gelena Gaskarova and baritone Anton Belov.

Bass Maxim Mikhaillov and baritone Anton Belov in Eugene Onegin.

Maxim Mikhailov and Anton Belov in Eugene Onegin.

2016 production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

2011 production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.