ANU School of Music and The Street Theatre PresentÂ Albert Herring, cystitis a deliciously witty comic opera by Benjamin Britten,Â 28 â€“ 30 September 2012.
“Country virgins, if there be such, think too little and see too much.”
One of Benjamin Brittenâ€™s most admired worksÂ Albert HerringÂ is a musically inventive coming-of-age story. Unable to find a worthy girl to be crowned May Queen, a small town elects the unquestionably virtuous Albert Herring instead . This lively opera filled with comical characters charts the meek and stumbling Albertâ€™s journey from a fearful and submissive son, to one who steps out into the world, and is transformed.
Melodies abound amidst colourful music of rich imagination, freshness and subtlety with a chamber ensemble of thirteen players led by Melbourne-based conductor Rick Prakhoff joined by The Street Theatreâ€™s artistic director Caroline Stacey.Â Albert HerringÂ features a mix of professional singers and students from the ANU School of Music and follows the popular and critically acclaimed presentation of Purcellâ€™sÂ Dido and Aeneas in 2010.Â
Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Eric Crozier based onÂ Le Rosier de Madame HussonÂ by Guy de Maupassant
Conductor Rick Prakhoff
Director Caroline Stacey
Set Design Gillian Schwab
Costume Design Imogen Keen
Lighting Design PJ Williams
Starring Madeline Anderson, Patrick Baker, Nick Beecher, Liv Brash, Joshua Burke, Alexandra Dalman, Keren Dalzell, Laura Griffin, Jessica Harper, Krystle Innes, Kathryn Jenkinson, Elora Ledger, Norman Meader, Dianne Prince, Robert Shearer, Jennifer Tabur, Rohan Thatcher, Rachael Thoms, Julia Wee, Jessica Westcott
Friday 28 â€“ Saturday 29 September 7.30pm
Sunday 30 September 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Book now online atÂ www.thestreet.org.auÂ or phone 6247 1223