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.
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.