• Season 2022-2023
  • Opera
  • Opera

Noah’s Ark (Noye’s Fludde)

The Lyon Opera Studio and Children’s Choir

  • Dates Jan 25 - Feb 4, 2023
  • Rates From 14€ to 27€
  • Location Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse
  • Running Time 1h30 without an interval
  • Age Suitable for 8 years old and above

In a few words

The threat of the flood and the need to save the different species make Noah’s Ark a great story that is moving and which touches us all. The pure voices of the Lyon Opera Children’s Choir help provide a strong echo of society’s current problems. A holiday treat for all the family.


Benjamin Britten, while capable of the most sophisticated musical experimentation, also loved children's voices, and they can be heard throughout his work. He loved popular traditions, songs and amateurs. This brilliant composer was a free spirit when it came to his beliefs, his friendships and his art. Noah's Ark, based on three biblical legends, reinvents formats that are part of the centuries-old collective heritage and that need to be performed by the people and for the people with passion and simplicity. Here, the young Italian artist Silvia Costa combines the 11 Christmas carols from Ceremony of Carols (1942) with Noah's Ark (1958): the birth of Jesus and the ark saved from the Flood as symbols of hope carried by the voices of the Lyon Opera Children's Choir.

1re partie A Ceremony of Carols, Place Joannes Ambre, devant le théâtre. Durée 25 min.
2e partie L’Arche de Noé, au Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse. Durée : 50 min.


In French and in English with French surtitles

A one-act opera
First performance at Aldeburgh, 1958

Noah’s Ark combines the 11 Christmas carols from Ceremony of Carols

New production
A co-production between the Lyon Opera, Comédie de Valence – CDN Drôme Ardèche and Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse

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