Past event: Albert Herring

Benjamin Britten Albert Herring

Michael Rosewell conductor
Christopher Rolls director
Neil Irish designer
Guy Hoare lighting designer
Mark Wilde tenor
Jennifer Rhys-Davies soprano
Rosie Aldridge mezzo-soprano
Anna-Clare Monk soprano
English Touring Opera

Aurora joins forces with English Touring Opera for three touring opera productions this autumn.

Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring has become a classic comic depiction of English village life. Full of character, matching humour with psychological insight, it describes the election by village committee of a shy local lad in a grocer’s shop as May King – the title is normally awarded as May Queen to a virtuous girl, but no one matches up to the exacting standards of virtue held by Lady Billows. Naturally, the crowning of the May King does not go quite as planned, and poor (or lucky) Albert Herring ends up straying rather far from the path of virtue.

A genuinely hilarious satire with undertones of melancholy, Albert Herring is a village masterpiece, with a score of great beauty. ETO’s new production is conducted by Michael Rosewell, a Britten expert, and directed by Christopher Rolls; the cast includes a splendid group of experienced singers and actors as Lady Billows (Jennifer Rhys-Davies) and her committee, with Mark Wilde in the title role as the youth they judge so severely.

Sung in English
Running time: 2 hours and 40 minutes (incl. interval)

Dates & Venues
4 October 2012, 7.45pm
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
6 October 2012, 7.45pm
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
10 October 2012, 7.45pm
Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London
17 October 2012, 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
19 October 2012, 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
25 October 2012, 7.30pm
Exeter Northcott
27 October 2012, 7.30pm
Exeter Northcott
30 October 2012, 7.30pm
Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells
2 November 2012, 7.30pm
Harrogate Theatre
5 November 2012, 7.30pm
Theatre Royal Bath
10 November 2012, 7.30pm
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
13 November 2012, 7.30pm
Malvern Theatre
16 November 2012, 7.30pm
Buxton Opera House