Benjamin Britten: Noah's Flood (Noye's Fludde)

  • Presented By: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem
  • Dates: February 29, 2020 - March 1, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Lehigh University
  • Address: Packer Memorial Church, University Walk and Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015
  • Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Price: $18 for adults, $9 for students


The Bach Choir of bethlehem is channeling its inner Wes Anderson ("Moonrise Kingdom") to present this fully staged production of Britten’s much-loved one-act opera: Noah's Flood (Noye's Fludde in Old English.) This spectacular piece has been performed worldwide, traditionally staged in churches. This year's Greg Funfgeld Family Concert will take place in Packer Memorial Church at Lehigh University, on Saturday and Sunday, February 29 and March 1. 

Britten combines a child’s curiosity and whimsy with great emotional power in this evocative one-act church opera. The audience will join for the first hymn, which includes a thundering depiction of the biblical storm.

Britten throws every tool in his composer’s purse at the text, including a large battery of percussion contrasts with delicate trilling recorders, and in one evocative scene, a raven is given the voice of a cello, and the dove a fluttering recorder (perhaps an allusion to Bach’s use of trilling flutes to represent turtledoves in an early cantata).

There are roles for children’s chorus, many specialty instruments, vocal soloists, The Choir, and more. Britten was hugely influenced by Bach, and many of Bach’s most oft-used compositional practices were updated by Britten in his choral works.

The Bach Choir and The Bach Festival Orchestra welcome The Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Young People's Philharmonic, students form St. Anne's School and members of the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra to share this performance.