February 28, 29, & March 1, 2020
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The Bach Festival Orchestra under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, in partnership with The Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, and members of the Young People’s Philharmonic, the Junior String Philharmonic, and the Lehigh University Philharmonic bring Benjamin Britten’s opera Noah’s Flood (Noye’s Fludde) back to the Lehigh Valley after 27 years.
PYT’s Jill Dunn Jones directs a joyous new production of Britten’s masterpiece combining the talents of professional singers, actors, instrumentalists, and a large youth chorus. The chorus, comprised of singers from The Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, and area school children, will play the role of the animals, and will be prepared by Bel Canto Artistic Director, Joy Hirokawa.
Song and spectacle combine in this story of Noah and the ark. Based on the Medieval Chester play, this opera was composed in 1958 for a children’s performance in Aldeburgh, England. Since then, the glorious music and charming production qualities have made it a favorite for audiences of all ages.
This fully staged production of Britten’s one-act opera has been performed worldwide, with its American premiere taking place sixty years ago in New York. Traditionally staged in churches, this year’s Family Concert will take place in Packer Memorial Church at Lehigh University. Britten combines a child’s curiosity and whimsy with great emotional power in this work. The audience will join for the first hymn, which includes a thundering depiction of the biblical storm.
To purchase tickets, please go to: Noye’s Fludde
Schooltime Performances are also available! Please reserve your school group by downloading this Noye’s Fludde school reservation form.
Schooltime Performances: Friday, February 28th at 10:00AM and 1:00PM