Benjamin Britten’s first comic opera is directed by famed Australian director, Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Crimes of the Heart and Driving Miss Daisy).
A social misfit with a domineering mother, Herring is embarrassingly crowned the May King after all the village’s young women are deemed unsuitable as May Queen. When two rebellious young lovers spike his punch, he revolts, disappearing after the celebration and spending all his winnings on a night on the town.
Albert Herring explores the themes of losing innocence, social stratification, Victorian morality, and coming of age, all cast in the setting of the composer’s brilliantly witty chamber score.
Conducted by Head of Opera Nicholas Cleobury with lighting design by Nigel Levings.
A/Prof Nicholas Cleobury
Students/Group (10+) $15
Duration: 180 minutes with two intervals.