Join us this Saturday February 3rd at 3pm for a free concert benefiting the evacuees staying at the Santa Barbara Humane Society.


Opera Santa Barbara partners with the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony to present Benjamin Britten’s one-act community opera Noah’s Flood (Noye’s Fludde). The production is offered at no charge, however OSB will collect donations on the behalf of Santa Barbara Humane Society in order to benefit evacuees staying on their premises after the Thomas Fire and Flood.

“During the wave of natural disasters recently visited upon our area, it was amazing to see our community’s strong spirit of solidarity,” says OSB General / Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas. “Our production of Noye’s Fludde, which has been in the planning since last fall, has now acquired unexpected poignancy. We offer it to our community in hope that art can foster continued unity as we heal and rebuild.”


Benjamin Britten, the preeminent opera composer of the 20th century, greatly loved writing music for children. He envisioned Noah’s Flood as a shared musical experience for the whole community. There are parts for children and adults, and amateur musicians are joined and guided by professionals.


Britten’s score features a number of familiar Anglican hymns rendered in the composer’s whimsical, evocative style. Britten was master of bringing together disparate musical elements seamlessly and skillfully adapting complex scores to be performed by young and amateur musicians. The piece also features a handbell choir and opportunities for the audience to sing along.


Local favorite Miller James returns to Opera Santa Barbara to direct the production. Miller has worked with the company many times as both a designer and director. He led OSB’s family productions of Hansel & Gretel (2007) and The Magic Flute (2008). Mr. James is the founder of Santa Barbara Children’s Theater and is an adjunct professor at Westmont College. Opera Santa Barbara’s General / Artistic Director Kostis Protopapas conducts members of the Santa Barbara Youth Symphony (Andy Radford, music director) joined by a small group of community musicians. The singers were prepared by Santa Barbara Youth Opera’s Music Director, Erin McKibben. Ms. McKibben is also music director of the Santa Barbara Revels and Program Director for the Santa Barbara School of Music. OSB Board Member Bob Weinman will intone the Voice of God.

This production is offered at no charge, but OSB will collect donations to support the Santa Barbara Humane Society. During the recent fires and flooding, the Humane Society took in hundreds of animals and Opera Santa Barbara hopes the story of Noah’s Flood will inspire attendees to support the organization’s continued efforts.


This production of Noah’s Flood is sponsored by Eve Bernstein and Bob Weinman.

  • Noah’s Flood plays Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 3:00pm
  • The performance takes place at First United Methodist Church, 305 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
  • Ticket Price: Free; donations will be collected to support the Santa Barbara Humane Society.


Noah’s Flood [Noye’s Fludde]

Music by Benjamin Britten

Text based on the 15th-century Chester Mystery Play recounting the Old Testament story of Noah’s Ark

Premiere: June 18, 1958 at the Church of St. Bartholomew in Orford, England (part of the Aldeburgh Festival)

OSB Premiere

One performance at First United Methodist Church

Saturday, February 3 at 3:00pm, 2018

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour

For plot synopsis and more information visit



Conductor:                  Kostis Protopapas
Stage Director:                       Miller James

SBYO Music Director: Erin McKibben

SBYS Music Director:  Andy Radford
Costume Designer:     Stacie Logue

Props Designers:       Stacie Logue – Animals; Theresa Scarano – Ark

Production Sponsors:            Eve Bernstein and Bob Weinman



Music Director: Erin McKibben

Santa Barbara Youth Opera, now in its second year, provides young singers with tuition-free instruction and performance opportunities in a fun, rewarding and artistically challenging environment. Young singers also enjoy unparalleled exposure to the workings of a professional opera company. Santa Barbara Youth Opera presents a series of concerts throughout the school year.



Music Director: Andy Radford

The Santa Barbara Youth Symphony is a 65-70 member youth orchestra comprised of students from the Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, ranging from 12-18 years of age. This advanced ensemble is challenged with serious pieces from the standard orchestral repertoire. Each member is chosen by audition and no musician is refused entry because of finances. This is the second time the SBYO partners with SBYO, after their successful debut collaboration on Hans Krasa’s Brundibar in May 2017.

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