Past Performances

2018-2019 Season

Holiday Pops Concert

This musical day trip takes us home where we should be to celebrate with family and friends. Enjoy this traditional DSSO afternoon of song, costumes and an abundance of holiday spirit.

Summer Sparkler 2019

Join us rain or shine! SPARKLE IN COMFORT TONIGHT! Hello, friends! Though it may not rain tonight, it is breezy and very cool. This makes things tricky for microphones, makes piano-owners (and players) nervous, and means a few of us might not be as comfortable as we’d like! Let’s all head inside and be comfy…. View Article

Valentine’s Day Soirée 2019

Our Biggest Fundraiser of the Year! Free Valet Parking 5:30 PM – Hors d’oeuvres / Cash Bar 6:30 PM – Dinner and Music $100/person ($50 tax deductible) Menu Duet Plate: Pan-Seared Sirloin and Champagne Chicken Walleye with Lemon Picatta Sauce {Both options served with Rosemary Roasted Red Potatoes} Vegetarian: Spiralized Butternut Squash with Thai Peanut… View Article

L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love)

by Gaetano Donizetti & Felice Romani This season’s “It’s Almost Summer” opera is Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) – a frothy concoction of hummable melodies, colorful characters, true love, and a happy ending. Stage Director Bradley Greenwald makes his Lyric Opera of the North debut with this production. Dirk Meyer conducts. The LOON… View Article

Trouble in Tahiti & The Filthy Habit

Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein Happy 100th Birthday to Leonard Bernstein, who wrote Lyric Opera of the North’s season opener, Trouble in Tahiti. A suburban couple appears to have a perfect life. Over the course of this 50-minute opera, and with the help of an observant backup trio, we get a glimpse past the… View Article

2017-2018 Season

Summer Sparkler 2018

Join us rain or shine! This party will happen in any weather.  Outdoors if weather permits — inside, if it doesn’t! 5:30 pm – Burgers, brats, and beverages 7:00 pm – Concert featuring the Twin Ports Tenors Featuring the Twin Ports Tenors William Bastian Marcus McConico Calland Metts John Pierce Beth Sobszak, piano Benefit Raffle… View Article

Orpheus Returns

Introducing the touring company for Opera for the Young’s Orpheus Returns.

Holiday Pops Concert

Enjoy great family fun as the Lyric Opera of the North teams up with the DSSO to present this holiday extravaganza, filled with music, costumes and holiday spirit.

Summer Sparkler 2017

Usher in a new season with an outdoor concert and fundraiser. Special guest Jennifer LeDoux joins Vicki Fingalson, Sarah Lawrence, Cal Metts, Jeffrey Madison, and pianist Beth Sobczak. Songs inspired by childhood and the dreams we love to dream! Also: terrific raffle items and other ways to support little opera of the north!

St. John Passion

Special guests, Twin Ports Choral Project, are joined by a stellar cast of soloists, the LOON orchestra, and a chorale chorus comprised of singers from the Twin Ports and beyond, in this staged production of Bach’s St. John Passion.

Valentine’s Day Soirée 2018

Lyric Opera of the North cordially invites you to its annual Valentine’s Day Soiree, this year with a Mardi Gras twist! Money raised at this event will help Lyric Opera of the North bring opera to elementary schools throughout the North this winter, and will help bring Mozart’s Don Giovanni to the NorShor stage this June!

Don Giovanni

In this Mozart-meets-the-movies production, our leading man uses his power to play with the lives of everyone on set. But every action has a consequence, and although he’s well-rehearsed—nothing could prepare him as the line between fantasy and reality blur at the movie studio.

2016-2017 Season

Blue Viola

Blue Viola tells the story of a priceless instrument that disappears after its owner, a player in the Chicago Symphony, accidentally leaves it on the street. It winds up in the hands of Vernon Addams, a junk dealer, who sees in it a lost treasure he is meant to rescue and care for. His girlfriend, Arnita Seward, is more practical.


Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda.

2014-2015 Season

Carmen. Two Companies. One Opera.

Nearly 200 people will be on stage for this first-ever collaboration between Lyric Opera of the North and the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

2011-2012 Season

Cavalleria Rusticana & Gianni Schicchi

Your evening will begin with the heartbreaking tragedy of Cavalleria Rusticana and end with Puccini’s comic masterpiece, Gianni Schicchi. Hear LOON’s orchestra and chorus as you’ve never heard them before, joined by world class soloists in an all new production, directed by Calland Metts and conducted by Keith Swanson.

The Mikado

With ‘joyous shout and ringing cheer’ LOON welcomes spring to the Northland! Join us for a topsy-turvy ride through this British Victorian-era satire which crackles with comic and musical brilliance. Come and see why The Mikado reigns as Gilbert & Sullivan’s most frequently-performed opera.

2013-2014 Season

Face on the Barroom Floor & Bon Appétit!

Two bite-sized operas open the Lyric Opera of the North Season – one savory, one sweet! Are you an opera fan? You’ll love these little gems. If you’re new to opera – or an opera-skeptic – then this is the perfect way to give this spectacular art form a try!

Don Pasquale, A Comedy in 3 Acts

Don Pasquale has decided to get married – only to prevent his young nephew, Ernesto, from receiving his inheritance and marrying his beloved Norina. When Dr. Malatesta devises a plan that’s guaranteed to end in wedding bells for the young couple, Norina is more than happy to help – especially because the plan serves up plenty of revenge for Pasquale, too!

2012-2013 Season

Amahl & The Night Visitors

This beloved holiday production was written for a television audience and premiered on Christmas Eve, 1951. It is under an hour in length and is sung in English, with full orchestra. A dance sequence will feature guest artists from Minnesota Ballet.

La Traviata

This opera truly has it all. A dying heroine, sacrificing her happiness for the man she loves… some of the most beloved moments in opera, brought to life by sensational soloists, live orchestra and full chorus… musical storytelling at its most spectacular.

2015-2016 Season

The Barber of Seville, Rossini

Count Almaviva has fallen madly in love with Rosina, whose doddering old guardian, Dr. Bartolo, has his own plans for her future — and her fortune. It’s up to Figaro to come up with one crazy scheme after another to ensure a happy ending — for everyone!

Les Uncomfortables

Les Uncomfortables is an original comic opera, sung in English. It is based on the true adventures of Daniel Greysolon Sieur duLhut, the explorer for whom the city of Duluth is named. The story includes love and loss, portaging and paddling, and mosquitoes and mistaken identity.

Red, White and LOON

A guaranteed cure for the Election Year Blues! Pianist Beth Sobczak joins LOON singers Vicki Fingalson, Sarah Lawrence, Calland Metts, and Jeffrey Madison for a concert featuring the music of Gershwin, Weill, Bernstein, and highlights from Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man!