About the Opera

Noah's Flood

a depiction of the biblical story of Noah's Flood

Wichita Grand Opera Minute Sessions: Noah's Flood: Hannah Griffin, The Dove


Wichita Grand Opera Minute Sessions: Noah's Flood: Emma Griffin, The Raven


Promotional Video Below Courtesy of Los Angeles Opera


Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:00pm
Holy Cross Lutheran Church

600 North Greenwich, Wichita, Kansas 67206

Ticket Price: $35 General Admission

VIP Dinner and Performance Package available upon request.
VIP Dinner is at 5:30pm at the Wichita County Club, performance at 8:00pm

(all those with VIP Dinner and Performance Packages will have a reserved seat at the church.)

VIP tickets are: $150 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight,
a portion of which is tax deductible.
Call (316) 262-8054 for tickets.


Sunday, June 11, 2017, 6:00pm
McPherson Opera House

219 South Main St., McPherson, KS 67460 - (620) 241-1952


Noah's Flood

by Benjamin Britten
An Opera in One Act
Sung in English

World Premiere: Aldeburgh Festival, Suffolk, England on 18 June 1958


Parvan Bakardiev


Tom Frye


Edward Lada

Stage Director   Conductor
Production Concept and Design   Margaret Ann Pent
Set Designer   Jordan Slusher
Costume Coordinator   Gina Kohn
Chorusmaster   Brian Stranghoner
Coach/Accompanist   Nyle Matsuoka


Noah   Michael Nansel
Mrs. Noah   Suzanne Hendrix
The Voice of God   Andrew Hernandez
Sem, Noah's Son   Evan Schelton
Mrs. Sem, Sem's Wife   Skyler Dykes
Ham, Noah's Son   Daniel Carney, Jr.
Mrs. Ham, Ham's Wife   Lauren Dowell
Jaffett, Noah's son   Hayden Kalp
Mrs. Jaffett, Jaffett's Wife   Maria José Fabara
Raven (Dancer)   Emma Griffin
Dove (Dancer)   Hannah Griffin
The Gossips, friends of Mrs. Noah   Brittany Jeffery
Renee Macdonald
Carter Tholl
Danielle Wilson
Production and Artists subject to change
Includes a childrens chorus as the parade of animals.



Depicting the biblical story of Noah's flood, Britten’s opera begins as the Voice of God addresses Noah, announcing the forthcoming destruction of the sinful world. He commands Noah to build an Ark to provide salvation for he and his family. Agreeing with God, he calls upon his family to gather the necessary materials and begin work building the ark. While Noah and his family are hard at work, Mrs. Noah and the town gossips mock his vision of God and the work he was commissioned to do.


When the ark is completed, Noah tries to persuade his wife to board the ark, which leads to an argument. Once again, Noah hears the Voice of God, foretelling him of the impending forty days and forty nights of rain and the cataclysmic flood to follow, and instructs him to fill the ark with animals of every kind. As the animals arrive, two by two, Noah’s sons and their wives provide commentary of the animal’s arrival. Again, Mrs. Noah and the Gossips continue to mock, refusing to board the ark. Finally, Mrs. Noah is dragged aboard by her sons.


As the rain falls and the storm swells to a great height, the first verse of the naval hymn "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" is heard from the ark. The audience joins in the second and third verses of the hymn, during which the storm gradually subsides. Once the storm subsides and the seas are calm, Noah sends a raven out to locate dry land. When the raven does not return, Noah realizes there is dry land nearby. Soon a dove appears with an olive branch clutched in its beak, and the family accepts it as a sign of deliverance, and Noah thanks God.


Soon the Voice of God instructs everyone to leave the ark, setting the animals free. As they depart, the animals sing their Halleluias, as the people respond in kind. God promises to never destroy the Earth again with flood waters, and creates a rainbow as his reward. Noah’s family departs to their new lives, leaving Noah alone to speak with God, vowing he will never be tempted with sin and vengeance again.


Composer Bio



Benjamin Britten

Edward Benjamin Britten, (born: November 22, 1913 – died: December 4, 1976), was an English composer, conductor and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces. His best-known works include the opera Peter Grimes (1945), the War Requiem (1962) and the orchestral showpiece The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (1945).


Born in Suffolk, the son of a dentist, Britten showed talent from an early age. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and privately with the composer Frank Bridge. Britten first came to public attention with the a cappella choral work A Boy was Born in 1934. With the premiere of Peter Grimes in 1945, he leapt to international fame. Over the next 28 years, he wrote 14 more operas, establishing himself as one of the leading 20th-century composers in the genre. In addition to large-scale operas for Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden, he wrote "chamber operas" for small forces, suitable for performance in venues of modest size. Among the best known of these is The Turn of the Screw (1954). Recurring themes in his operas include the struggle of an outsider against a hostile society and the corruption of innocence.


Britten's other works range from orchestral to choral, solo vocal, chamber and instrumental as well as film music. He took a great interest in writing music for children and amateur performers, including the opera Noye's Fludde, a Missa Brevis, and the song collection Friday Afternoons. He often composed with particular performers in mind. His most frequent and important muse was his personal and professional partner, the tenor Peter Pears; others included Kathleen Ferrier, Jennifer Vyvyan, Janet Baker, Dennis Brain, Julian Bream, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Mstislav Rostropovich. Britten was a celebrated pianist and conductor, performing many of his own works in concert and on record. He also performed and recorded works by others, such as Bach's Brandenburg concertos, Mozart symphonies, and song cycles by Schubert and Schumann.


Together with Pears and the librettist and producer Eric Crozier, Britten founded the annual Aldeburgh Festival in 1948, and he was responsible for the creation of Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967. Throughout his career, Britten was awarded many state and international honors, including the Companion of Honour (Britain) in 1953, named Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden) in 1962, the Order of Merit (Britain) in 1965, and received life peerage (Britain), named Baron Britten in July 1976. He also received honorary degrees and fellowships from 19 conservatories and universities in Europe and America.