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Composed by Benjamin Britten

Conducted by James Conlon

May 34

The empowering story of one family's unwavering faith

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


Ben Lowe
Mrs. Noah
Peabody Southwell
Voice of God
Patrick Blackwell
James Conlon
Eli Villanueva
Assistant Director
Natalie Iscovich
Assistant Conductor
Charlie Kim

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The opera opens with the congregation singing “Lord Jesus, think on me” as Noah enters.

The spoken Voice of God tells Noah of His intention to flood the earth and destroy all on it except Noah and his family. God tells Noah to build “a ship.” Noah agrees and calls on his family to help. His sons and their wives enter with tools and materials and begin, but Mrs. Noah and her close friends, the Gossips, mock the project. God tells Noah to fill the Ark with animals, and they enter in groups from all parts of the church, singing “Kyrie eleison!” Noah orders his family to board the Ark, but Mrs. Noah and the Gossips refuse, preferring to drink. The sons carry Mrs. Noah on, and the Gossips run off screaming. Rain begins, building to a great storm. The inhabitants of the Ark sing “Eternal Father, strong to save,” joined by the members of the congregation for the second and third verses.

When it is calm, Noah sends out a raven, which never returns. He sends out a dove, which returns with an olive branch. Everyone leaves the Ark, singing “Alleluia.” God promises never to send another flood, with the rainbow as a sign. The cast file out singing “The spacious firmament on high,” joined by the congregation for the last verse. Noah is left alone to receive God’s tender blessing.

Performances take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 W. Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

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