An Opera of Biblical Proportions!

Oak Ridge Symphony

Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Benjamin Britten: Noye's Fludde

The Sound Company under Katy Wolfe will join the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra under Dan Allcott to perform Benjamin Britten's one-act children's opera about Noah's Flood. Benjamin Britten loved composing pieces for children, not just for children to enjoy but also to perform. There is no better example that “Noye’s Fludde” (“Noah’s Flood”), a 60-minute opera based on a 15th-century mystery play, written for amateurs, especially children, with professionals mixed in. This telling of the biblical story was first performed in 1958 at Orford Church in Suffolk, England.

Wagner composed the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present to his second wife, Cosima after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. It was first performed on Christmas morning, 25 December 1870, by a small ensemble of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich on the stairs of their villa at Tribschen (today part of Lucerne), Switzerland. This lovely piece is quite the opposite of the Sturm und Drang in Wagner's operas.

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