Presented by Boston University College of Fine Arts
School of Music: Opera Institute and School of Theatre
An opera in three acts with music by Benjamin Britten
Conducted by William Lumpkin with Stage Direction by Crystal Manich
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. Far from a 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 favorite subject of the loss of innocence.
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