Benjamin Britten’s comic opera

Benjamin Britten’s comic opera in three acts is set in the imaginary village of Loxford, where moral power is exercised by a committee made up of prominent residents of the village.

On one day in the spring, the committee gathers at Lady Billow’s to elect the May Queen, a pure maiden, for the upcoming summer celebration. However, none of the young women in the village have a reputation pure enough, and the committee suddenly ends up proposing the vegetable vendor’s son Albert, a somewhat simple boy, as the May Queen. Mama’s boy Albert has no choice but to reluctantly accept his assigned role.

Under the direction of Victoria Newlyn (Guildhall School of Music), the events are set in post-world war II England, where society and previous strict standards are starting to open up. As the opera progresses, even the seemingly morally pure characters reveal their true desires.

Eric Crozier’s libretto is based on Guy Maupassants‘ novel Le Rosier de Madame Husson.

Sibelius Academy Opera and Orchestra
Markus Lehtinen and Cloe Dufresne, music direction

Victoria Newlyn, direction
Sampo Pyhälä, set design
Taina Relander, costume design
Tuija Luukkainen, make-up design
Eero Erkamo, light design

Cast

Lady Billows: Manon Gleizes / Maria Turunen
Florence Pike: Sniezde Kaņepe
Miss Wordsworth: Stella Tähtinen / Iris Candelaria
Mr. Gedge: Veikko Vallinoja
Mr. Upfold: Akseli Ferrand
Superintendent Budd: Janne Sihvo
Sid: Luke Scott
Albert Herring: Tuomas Miettola / Jasper Leppänen
Nancy: Ruut Mattila
Mrs. Herring: Olivia Kyllönen
Emmie: Eeva Suvanto
Cis: Iida Aarnio
Harry: Alvin Rasmus / Otso Kallio

Further infromation: Mirka Rättyä, mirka.rattya@uniarts.fi

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Some of the Albert Herring performances are cancelled due to restrictions related to the corona situation.

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