MasterVoices: Naamah’s Ark

This dramatic oratorio by composer Marisa Michelson and librettist Royce Vavrek tells the story of Noah’s Ark from the perspective of Noah’s wife. Naamah is a strong woman who must guide the diverse species of animals in coming together as the Ark reaches dry land. From the birds to the hippos, each group has its own concerns. Can they learn to live together after the crisis has passed? In a new version of the piece, community members from Lower Manhattan join MasterVoices, led by Ted Sperling, in shared music-making to explore themes of diversity, the role of women in society and the possible devastation of climate change. Featuring Victoria Clark in the title role of Naamah.


Composer: Marisa Michelson
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Performed by MasterVoices
Conductor: Ted Sperling
Naamah: Victoria Clark
Merman: Sachal Vasandani

Musical and artistic participation by:
Max Frieder, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Artolution
Cantor Rebecca Garfein of Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Life Rhythms Percussion Ensemble (Alan Katz, Leader)
Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir of Middle Collegiate Church
Stuyvesant High School Chorus (Liliya Shamazov, Director)
Presented in collaboration with MasterVoices and Battery Park City Authority at Rockefeller Park