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Noah's Flood

Conducted by
James Conlon


LA Opera professional artists will once again collaborate with nearly 500 amateur members of the Los Angeles musical community to present two performances of Benjamin Britten's Noah's Flood at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

Noah's Flood is a colorful pageant where children play all the animal roles, parading two-by-two into the ark. Regarded as Britten’s most lovable work, the opera is based on one of the famous medieval Chester mystery plays, dating back to the 15th century. Scored for a combination of both student orchestra musicians and a professional chamber ensemble, the opera features inspired and delightful musical innovations.

Production made possible with generous underwriting support from the
Dan Murphy Foundation

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


There are currently no upcoming performances.


Noah's Flood 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.

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