Little Opera of the North


Little Opera of the North is a program from Lyric Opera of the North that brings professional opera to elementary school students throughout Northern Minnesota.

Four professional singers, one pianist, a set, costumes and props arrive at the school, set up, and rehearse with their opera chorus — 16 students from the school! Then the LOON cast and their student chorus perform for the rest of the school, along with invited guests.

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Contact us for more information about bringing Little LOON programming to your school!

Call 218-464-0922
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2020-21 Production: COVID-Friendly Virtual Program

While schools adjust to new safety protocols, Little LOON is working on new ways to bring opera to our youngest patrons. A one-of-a-kind virtual Little LOON program will be available very soon! 

The virtual Little LOON program will feature four singers and a pianist, plenty of singing, and opportunities for student participation – in a 20 minute video format. The cost to schools for this virtual program will be only $50 thanks to generous support from Little LOON sponsors. We anticipate having the final video ready by mid to late April.

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.

See Little LOON in action in this video:

2019-20 Production: Opera for the Young’s Cinderella

Music by Jules Massenet
French Libretto to Cendrillon by Henri Cain
Based on the fairy tale by Charles Perrault
Music adapted and arranged by Dan Plummer
Original libretto by Diane Garton Edie

Cinderella Cast and Company

Siena Forest
Cinderella (Soprano)
Madison Holtze
Cinderella (soprano)
Sadie Cheslak
Sadie Cheslak
Stepmother and Fairy Godmother (mezzo-soprano)
Wesley Frye
Wesley Frye
Prince Charming and the Courtier (tenor)
Luke Williams
Father (baritone)
Carson Rose Schneider
Calland Metts
Stage Director
Ann Gumpper
Scenic Design and Painter
Ora Jewell-Busche
Costume Designer


No auditions are scheduled at this time.