The award-winning Nevill Holt Opera will bring a full-scale outdoor production of Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood) by Benjamin Britten to Leicestershire this summer, as the closing highlight of its 2017 Opera Festival.
Set within the grounds of the Nevill Holt estate, the show, described by Opera Magazine as “stunningly effective spectacle and entrancing production”, will feature 130 Northamptonshire and Rutland school children performing alongside some of the UK’s leading operatic professionals in what promises to be a sensational operatic endeavour.
Launching in February with a series of workshops for schools in the Northampton and Corby area, the Nevill Holt Opera (NHO) team will be joined by top international opera singer Jonathan Lemalu, who will sing the role of Mr Noah in the summer production.
Directed by Royal Opera House Director Oliver Mears and conducted by NHO Artistic
Director Nicholas Chalmers, this production of Noye’s Fludde was originally created by the KT Wong Foundation and performed by Northern Ireland Opera for the Cultural Olympiad in 2012, touring subsequently to Beijing and Shanghai Music Festivals.
The original piece was written by Britten in the early years of his Aldeburgh Festival, and became a leading example of an outstanding British operatic work which involves the whole community in musical performance.
NHO Artistic Director Nicholas Chalmers said: “This will be a spectacular production, and an exceptional and impactful project for all the children involved. As a result of this project, children from Academies in the East Midlands will experience the challenges, excitements and rewards of performing live music and opera of the highest possible quality.”
NHO General Manager Rosenna East said: “We are very proud to be staging our first children’s community opera as the closing highlight of our fifth season, one year before we open our new Theatre at Nevill Holt. As a Festival, it is our role to bring exceptional projects like this to life, and we cannot wait to bring this experience to hundreds of children and families in the East Midlands.”
This project is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with generous support from the David Ross Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, and the K T Wong Foundation. It will be delivered in partnership with the David Ross Education Trust, Oakham School and Rutland Music Education Hub.
Lady Linda Wong Davies, Founder and Chairman of the KT Wong Foundation said “Bringing the Cultures of China and the UK together and developing new talent are some of the key aims of the Foundation so I’m delighted to be able to support this excellent revival of Noye’s Fludde, in our tenth anniversary year. This production will be seen for the first time by audiences on the mainland who will, I’m sure, enjoy its many Chinese cultural references.”
Executive Director of Music for DRET Simon Toyne said: “We are delighted to be working with Nevill Holt Opera as part of our wider programme of music that we are developing across the DRET Academies. Performing Noye’s Fludde at NHO is a fantastic opportunity to deliver on our commitment that every child should have access to meaningful music-making.”
Performances will take place at Nevill Holt Opera, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire on Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2, 2017, at 2pm and 5pm each day.
Tickets on Sale from April 2017 via www.nevillholtopera.co.uk