The Fleeners Participation in New Zealand Opera’s Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood)

28 Jun

The New Zealand Opera Company is performing Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood)

This is a professional opera performed by leading musicians and opera singers from New Zealand and beyond. However, Britten wrote the opera specifically to include children at varying levels of ability. There is a large children’s chorus along with children musicians (minimum practical, instrument grade 6 level) participating alongside the professionals. A tremendous opportunity for the children to learn in a high quality & fun environment.

We are thrilled to have our children involved in this. (As an extra bonus, Mandy will be playing double bass in the orchestra as well.)

Mekaela is in the orchestra on violin (she played last night in an unrelated event with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra in the Town Hall as well).

Gavin is an “animal leader” as part of the chorus and gets to play the part of the sun.

Tabitha is the youngest of the “animal leaders” (basically means attending more rehearsals and having the responsibility to lead a section of the chorus of animals, as many as 20 other children) and gets to play the part of the dove. (She gets to “fly out a window” and return an olive branch in her mouth to Noah!)

(Ok, so the title to this post is a bit of a stretch. I have no role in this at all, except that of 1st chair cheerleader!)

Their rehearsals have been going on now for two weeks with another week to go before the first performance. It has been a lot of hours and work, but heaps of fun and a real unique opportunity.


Here’s the best news… The performances are free! But you must still pre-book.

They are 5pm, Sunday July 7th in The Auckland Town Hall & 5pm, Sunday July 14th in West Auckland.

Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) sets to music a 15th century play telling the story of Noah being told by God to build an ark and fill the ark with animals.

To celebrate the centenary of the most celebrated British composer of the twentieth century, Benjamin Britten, New Zealand Opera is performing his much-loved opera, Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) with children from all around Auckland.

This one-act opera features soloists, a children’s chorus, orchestra, and you – singing along in three hymn-like settings.

Join the celebration of youth, community and opera.

Free admission, pre-booked tickets essential for entry!
Voluntary koha welcome.

To book seats, contact NZ Opera on 0800 NZOPERA (696737) or


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