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To participate in NZ Opera's largest community outreach endeavour to date! To celebrate Benjamin Britten's 2013 centenary New Zealand Opera will continue to perform his wonderful opera, Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) with children from around Wellington in 2014.

This one-act opera features soloists, a children’s chorus, orchestra, and you – singing along with us in three hymn-like settings. Come and join our celebration of youth, community, and opera!


Noye’s Fludde (Noah's Flood) was written in 1957 by the great English composer Benjamin Britten, and is his most extended and elaborate work for children. It deliberately brings together professional and amateur performers: Noah and his wife are to be experienced adult singers, while the rest of the solo parts are sung by children, and the orchestral music is carefully penned for a variety of performing levels. The audience also gets to participate, in three hymns.

The Story

Noye’s Fludde sets to music a 15th century mystery play from the town of Chester. Noah enters to the singing of the ‘congregation’ and hears the voice of God telling him to build a ship. He agrees and asks his family to help. His sons and their wives enter with tools and materials and set to work, but Mrs Noah and her gossiping friends mock the project. Meanwhile, the ark takes shape.

God tells Noah to fill the ark with animals, and they enter in groups from everywhere, singing or squeaking ‘Kyrie eleison!’ (Lord, have mercy). Noah orders his family aboard, but Mrs Noah and her gossips refuse, preferring to drink. Her sons pick her up and amid her loud protests carry her onto the ark. Rain begins and builds to a great storm. At the storm’s height, the congregation sings the Victorian naval hymn ‘Eternal Father, strong to save’.

When all is calm again, Noah sends out a raven. That it doesn’t return must mean that it has found dry land and so he sends off a dove, which flies back with an olive branch. Everyone sings ‘Alleluia’ and disembarks. God promises never to send another flood and sends a rainbow as a sign. The cast files out singing ’The spacious firmament on high’ (to Tallis' famous Canon) and Noah is left to receive God's blessing.



Te Rauparaha Arena, 17 Parumoana Street, Porirua
Wellington Chinese Sport & Cultural Centre, Mt Albert Road, Berhampore

  • Saturday 8 March 2014, Porirua
    — 5.00pm

    Saturday 15 March 2014, Berhampore (2 performances)
    — 2.30pm - SOLD OUT
    — 5.00pm - SOLD OUT

With thanks

Performances of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten are given by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agents for Boosey and Hawkes Musical Publishers Ltd of London.


Bryan CrumpNoahMrs NoahSemHamJaffettMrs SemMrs HamMrs Jaffett

Bryan Crump The Voice of God

Noah Robert Tucker

Mrs Noah Joanne Hodgson

Sem Siddhant Lakshman

Ham William Scott-Rodriguez

Jaffett Aaron de Rose

Mrs Sem Alexandra Wright

Mrs Ham Lane Edgecombe

Mrs Jaffett Clare Sullivan


ConductorDirectorProduction DesignerCostume DesignerKathryn Osborne

Conductor Michael Vinten

Director Jacqueline Coats

Production Designer Tony De Goldi

Costume Designer Elizabeth Whiting

Kathryn Osborne Production/Stage Manager