Noah’s Flood is widely regarded to be Benjamin Britten’s most lovable work. At its premiere in 1958, critics called the opera “a miracle of inspiration” and “extraordinarily beautiful.” Britten called for a core of professional singers and musicians to lead a large cast of student, community, and youth singers, actors, and musicians. Delightful and innovative touches abound, including striking mugs with wooden spoons to represent the sound of raindrops, and a colorful pageant of children in costume as the animals, parading two-by-two onto the ark.
The opera’s biblical story is drawn from the text of one of the medieval “Chester mystery plays”, which were written and performed by local craft guilds in honor of liturgical feast days in the 1500s. Britten honored this tradition by creating an opera that would become a community-wide event. WGO’s new production will premiere at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Friday, June 9, at 8:00pm. Britten intended Noah’s Flood to be performed in a church, not in a theater. Holy Cross was selected due to its size, configuration, and its excellent pipe organ, which is featured in Britten’s score. A second performance will travel to the beautiful McPherson Opera House on Sunday, June 11, at 6:00pm.
For those purchasing VIP Dinner Packages or Tables for Noah’s Flood, the VIP Dinner will be held at the Wichita Country Club prior to the performance on June 9th, which is conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from Holy Cross Lutheran Church.