Albert Herring, an English opera by Benjamin Britten
Sat, Aug 5 at 7:30pm
Benjamin Britten's great comedy of quiet English rebellion!
In English, fully-staged and costumed and accompanied by piano, percussion and harp.
Britten’s second chamber opera was composed in 1947. Albert Herring is a comic opera set in the imaginary East Suffolk town of Loxford at the turn of the 20th century. The score contains some of Britten’s wittiest musical invention and his gifts for parody and caricature, already evident in Peter Grimes, are given full rein. However, the work is far from being mere farce: Albert is a sympathetic and credible figure who, tied to his mother’s apron-strings and frustrated by small-town pieties, embarks on a debauched ‘rake’s progress’, a theme fully in keeping with the composer’s favourite subject of the loss of innocence.
These performances feature talented young singers from across Canada and the United States in town for the 12th annual Halifax Summer Opera Festival, a competitive opera training program. This is an opportunity to hear first class young singers in an intimate venue in a new production set on the eve of World War II.
Tickets available with a credit card through TIcket Halifax online or at 902-422-6278, or at The Coast's office in Halifax with cash, debit and credit. If not sold out you can also buy tickets at the door. HSOF Box Office will operate just outside each venue from 45 minutes before stated curtain time. At the door we accept cash, cheques, VISA and Mastercard.
conductor: Nicholas Gilmore
stage director: David Mosey
set designer: Wyatt McDougall
costume designer: Marilyn McLaren
lighting designer: Sean Burke
vocal and diction coach: Lucy Hayes Davis
For details about casts for this performance, please see the HSOF website