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Benjamin Britten's Opera to Stage in Beijing

By Alexandra Blucher (CRI Online)

10:30, September 27, 2012

Benjamin Britten's children's opera "Noye's Fludde" will be staged as part of the 2012 Beijing Music Festival. (Photo/

"Noye's Fludde", the children's opera by famous British composer Benjamin Britten, is set to open in Beijing next month.

This will be the first time a Britten production has been performed to audiences in China.

Britten's play, which means "Noah's Flood", was penned in 1957 and is meant to be staged in a church or large hall and performed largely by amateurs.

Conductor Nicholas Chalmers says that this opera is a perfect introduction of Britten's work to Chinese audiences because the story of Noah and the Flood is well known.

The Beijing show, scheduled for October 27 at the Orange Hall in Sanlitun Village, is co-produced by the KT Wong Foundation and the Northern Island Opera and is to be staged as part of the Beijing Music Festival.

The National Children's Choir of China, which performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will feature in the opera.

British and Chinese designers have worked together on the show's props and costumes, using traditional artisan craftsmanship such as paper-making to make kites and lanterns.

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