The Flood

Stephen Wadsworth, librettist and director
Korine Fujiwara, composer
Steven Osgood, conductor
Peggy Kriha Dye and Janet Chen, co-producers

World premiere and co-commissioned by ProMusica Chamber Orchestra and Opera Columbus, composed by Korine Fujiwara with a libretto by Stephen Wadsworth, The Flood tells a story of human connection through loss and shared tragedy, centered around the devastation of Columbus’ Franklinton neighborhood in the Great Flood of 1913.

Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at, the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State Street) or by phone at 614.469.0939.


The commissioning of Korine Fujiwara for
The Flood received funding from OPERA America’s Opera Grants for Female Composers program, supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

The production of The Flood received funding from Opera America’s Opera Fund.



The Great Flood was a transformative event in the history of Columbus and Ohio. A 1913 superstorm caused the largest flood in 100 years, sending tsunami-like waters into unsuspecting communities in central and western Ohio, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. In Columbus, the Scioto River flooded Franklinton – a diverse, working-class neighborhood – with waters up to 17 feet deep, killing 96 people, injuring hundreds, and destroying over 500 buildings.

The Flood will show the intense human impact of the disaster and its lingering effect through multiple generations of a family. Onstage will be four rooms in a row, linked by doors (left to right: 1913, 1938, 1970, 2014). Four stories unfold simultaneously, moving between rooms, occasionally joining together, often overlapping, and gradually revealing a web of relationships.



Enhance your experience by attending one of our pre-show talk-backs with local experts providing historical insight. Free to any ticket holder!

6:30 – 7 pm | Southern Theatre
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Pre-performance talk-back presented by Columbus Landmarks. Featuring speakers Doreen Uhas Sauer, historian and popular contributor to WOSU’s Columbus Neighborhoods Series, and Jim Sweeny, urban planner and longtime Franklinton resident.


6:30 – 7 pm | Southern Theatre
Doors open at 6:15 pm

Pre-performance talk-back presented by the Ohio History Connection. Featuring speaker Trudy E. Bell, a Cleveland-based writer and expert on The Great Flood of 1913.


1:15 – 1:45 pm | Seneca Room of The Westin

Pre-performance talk-back with Peter Coccia, a local resident expert in all things Franklinton. Learn more about Peter here.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.