See English Comedy: The Opera Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten
Sunday Opera Afternoons – Once a Month
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten at 14.00 on Sunday 24th February Protected content my house in Bunnik
This is a performance made at the Royal School of Music in London. It showcases the best young talent at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Their youthful enthusiasm makes this a particularly enjoyable ad effective production.
I shall not play a DVD as usual. This time it is streamed online from Operavision
They have operas available for a period of 6 months. Sometimes the performances are recorded by Operavision and sometimes they are commercially available DVDs. I play it through my television and as far as I can tell, the quality is as good as playing from a DVD.
Benjamin Britten is England’s most famous modern composer, born in Protected content died in Protected content . Albert Herring was first produced in Protected content . The story is set in a small market town in England. It is a comedy and all the important people have gathered together to choose the May Queen for the annual May Day festival. This was a period when respectable girls waited until they were married. But they fail to find a suitable May Queen and in desperation they decide to appoint Albert Herring as the May King. He works for the greengrocer and is as virginal as the girls are not. But a spiked drink lets him break free of society’s expectations
It lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes and we shall have a break in the middle. You will get a copy of the story. The opera is sung in English with English subtitles.
If you would like to come, please send me an email at Protected content
My house is close to Bunnik railway station and it is easy to get to by public transport.
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