Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Eric Crozier, adapted from a short story by Guy de Maupassant
A Co-Production with Vancouver Opera
February 7, 9, 15, 2013, at 8 pm. Matinée February 17 at 2:30 pm
The Royal Theatre
In English with English surtitles
Above: Stephanie Marshall (Nancy) and Phillip Addis (Sid) talk about Albert Herring with Adam Sawatsky of CTV Vancouver Island.
Scenes from Pacific Opera Victoria's production of Albert Herring, with Lawrence Wiliford, Sally Dibblee, Stephanie Marshall, Phillip Addis, Susan Platts, Charlotte Corwin, Michael Colvin, Peter McGillivray, Giles Tomkins, Rebecca Hass. Leslie Dala conducts the Victoria Symphony. With Director Glynis Leyshon, Designer Patrick Clark.
Conductor Timothy Vernon and Director Glynis Leyshon chat about Britten's effervescent comedy Albert Herring.
When every girl in town is a floozy, who are you going to turn to?
The town of Loxford needs a Queen of the May, but is fresh out of virtuous girls. The autocratic Lady Billows therefore appoints a King of the May – the bashful young grocer Albert Herring. But Albert, who lives a life of irreproachable dullness with his Mum, secretly yearns for the pleasures of love and the glamour of a night at the pub. With the help of his prize money, some spiked lemonade, and the inspiring example of rakish Sid and the beguiling Nancy, Albert sows a few wild oats, turning the town topsy-turvy.
With an intoxicating confection of daft village characters and the sweetest, most confused hero in opera, Britten's witty, effervescent comedy skewers small-town pomposity and slyly illumines the charms and trials of life in a goldfish bowl. Albert Herring is an exuberant satire, a scrumptious, slightly skewed slice of life.
With the Victoria Symphony