The Northern Lights Music Festival is a three week classical music performance program and music school which is held each summer on the Minnesota Iron Range.
Founded 18 years ago by concert pianist and Aurora native Veda Zuponcic, Northern Lights brings together award-winning students and internationally known performers and teachers in a unique program that includes daily lessons, chamber music coachings, masterclasses and numerous performance opportunities.
With the addition eight years ago of the Northern Lights Festival Opera, the festival now includes fully staged professional operas featuring international opera stars and a roster of rising young performers.
Celebrating the Fourth of July with two Outdoor Concerts
July 4, 4:00 PM Olcott Park, Bob Baldrica Bandstand, Virginia
Our Festive Fourth Program featuring Gershwin’s American in Paris,a medley of Opera Arias by our Tosca cast, and some Sousa: a tip of the hat to the day, and to Bob Baldrica! Fill up your car with the family or friends and drive up to this Concert, or carve out your place on the lawn to Celebrate the Fourth! Masks encouraged for entrance to the park.
July 5, 4:00 PM Minnesota Discovery Center Amphitheater, Chisholm
The Fourth of July continues on the 5th, with a repeat of the Gershwin American in Paris program, with socially distanced seating. Maximum number of listeners will be 250. Masks required for entrance to the facility.
Opening Puccini’s Opera, Tosca
July 17 and 19, 7:00 PM
Discovery Center Amphitheater
Opera Under the Stars!
A superb cast, including the amazing young American soprano Leah Crocetto, Metropolitan Opera stars Rafael Davila and Daniel Sutin, will be directed by the brilliant and endlessly creative Ecuadorian director Chia Patino. Conducted by Maestro Gavriel Heine of the Mariinsky Theatre , NLMF will bring you this dramatic opera, set in Latin America, exploring the timeless conflict between revolutionaries and conservative political forces.
The creative team has incorporated safeguards for artists and audience, including Plexiglas dividers between players; and a special effort to distance the stars of the opera on-stage while still telling the compelling story of Floria Tosca and her nemesis, the most repellent character in opera, Scarpia the Head of Police.
Chorus segments will have been pre-recorded to minimize aerosols on-stage, a feat of sound engineering that will be repeated by other companies in the future. For the first time, NLMF will perform at the Ampitheater at the Discovery Center in Chisholm, providing the Iron Range with the only outdoor opera in the upper Midwest! Maximum attendance will be 250 persons, socially distanced. Masks required to enter the facility
Tosca will be live-streamed for a $10 charge.