Things You May Not Know About Noah’s Flood

Noah's Flood (2014); Photo: Ben Gibbs

Noah’s Flood (2014); Photo: Ben Gibbs

For the past 11 seasons, LA Opera has been honored to work with the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles to present free, large-scale community performances including Noah’s Flood, Judas Maccabaeus and The Festival Play of Daniel under the baton of James Conlon. These community opera performances include singers, actors and orchestra members from the community, performing alongside professional singers and orchestra members from LA Opera.

This season, LA Opera is reviving its successful production of Noah’s Flood (Noye’s Fludde). Conducted by James Conlon, Noah’s Flood will be performed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 4:00pm and 7:30pm.

Before marking your calendars, here’s a list of things you might not know about our production of Noah’s Flood.

It takes a village

Noah’s Flood is one of the larger scale operas we’ve staged at the Cathedral. There are 160 cast members, 100 orchestra members, 250 choirs members and 30 staff members constantly working to make Noah’s Flood the best it can be.

It’s meant to be staged in a church.

While most opera productions are meant for the theater, when Benjamin Britten composed Noah’s Flood, he specified that the opera should be staged in a church (or a large hall).

There are children in the orchestra.

Britten also stipulated that there should be children in the violin section. Our production will have at least 90 kids in the orchestra under the guidance of conductor and Music Director James Conlon.

To learn more about Noah’s Flood, click here.

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