Music Director James Conlon conducts a cast of hundreds in two free performances of the family-friendly opera at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

(Los Angeles) April 4, 2024 — This spring, LA Opera's professional artists will collaborate with more than 300 amateur members of the Los Angeles musical community to present two free performances of Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Conducted by Music Director James Conlon, the performances will take place at 7:30pm on Friday, May 3, and at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 4.

Thanks to generous longtime support from the Dan Murphy Foundation, LA Opera is able to produce Noah's Flood and offer it free of charge as a special gift to the greater Los Angeles community. LA Opera has presented annual community productions at the Cathedral led by Mr. Conlon since 2007; this year's presentation of Noah's Flood will be the seventh time that the Britten opera has been produced in that venue.

Performers will include amateur singers of all ages and student instrumentalists from the greater Los Angeles community, along with members of the LA Opera Orchestra and professional vocal soloists including baritone Ben Lowe as Noah, mezzo-soprano Peabody Southwell as Mrs. Noah and bass-baritone Patrick Blackwell as the Voice of God. The production is directed by Eli Villanueva.

LA Opera is honored to dedicate these performances to the memory of founding board member, Mrs. Joseph A. Saunders, and her husband.

An empowering story of unwavering faith, Noah's Flood is based on a 15th-century play which recounts the Old Testament story of one family coming together (along with a boat full of adorable animals) to brave a storm that changes the world forever. This exciting opera brings together a cast of hundreds to explore themes of peace, love and perseverance.

Performance, Date and Ticket Info
There will be two performances of Noah's Flood at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

  • Friday, May 3, 2024, at 7:30pm
  • Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 7:30pm

Tickets are free of charge, but there is a handling fee of $1 per ticket. Tickets can be reserved online at, by phone at 213.972.8001, or in person at the LA Opera box office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90012). For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email

More information about the production is available at

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Production made possible by a generous grant from the 
Dan Murphy Foundation

Special support also received from the 
City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
Mrs. Joseph A. Saunders

Piano graciously provided by Yamaha

LA Opera is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the greater Los Angeles community.