CORNISH – Opera North opens its 37th season with a new “Arias & Aerialists” production, which blends opera with circus under the big top at Blow-Me-Down Farm on Route 12A.

Big Apple Circus Director Mark Lonergan and a team of professional circus artists team up with Opera North for “Hoedown at Blow-Me-Down.” They will celebrate the music of Aaron Copland, Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin and other favorites at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (Tickets are $25-$50.)

Blow-Me-Down Farm is Opera North’s future home, a partnership between the National Park Service and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site to create a national park for the arts.

Charles Beaman Jr. purchased Blow Me Down Farm in 1880 and was the arts patron who encouraged Augustus Saint-Gaudens to rent the house that would become the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site while he worked on his “Standing Lincoln” sculpture. Saint Gaudens also worked here on the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial in Boston, General Sherman and Admiral Farragut monuments in New York City, and gold eagle coinage commissioned by President Theodore Roosevelt.

The new collaboration also will include a performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” July 26-28, with inept pirates, ardent lovers, beautiful maidens, bumbling bobbies and the very model of a modern major general dropping anchor. For information, visit or call 448-4141.