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Albert Herring

Britten's touching and bittersweet comedy is given an entertaining new staging by English Touring Opera.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Albert Herring. It was last on stage 4–10 October 2012.

Introduction

When no virtuous women can be found in Loxford, the meek and mild Albert Herring is selected to be the town’s first ‘May King’. However, Albert is less than delighted with his new title and dreams of rebellion.

Background

Benjamin Britten’s 1947 opera presents a spirited and comic portrait of rural English life. It updates Guy de Maupassant’s short story ‘Le rosier de Madame Husson’, transporting the action to a small Suffolk market town in 1900.

English Touring Opera’s production, directed by Christopher Rolls, provides a handsome setting for the energy and lyricism of Britten’s score, which is combined with Eric Crozier’s entertaining libretto.

On Wikipedia

Albert Herring, Op. 39, is a chamber opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten.Composed in the winter of 1946 and the spring of 1947, this comic opera was a successor to his serious opera The Rape of Lucretia. The libretto, by Eric Crozier, was based on Guy de Maupassant's novella Le Rosier de Madame Husson, but it was transposed entirely to an English setting.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article Albert Herring, available under a Creative Commons license.