Programme in detail

Saturday 17 September 2011 - Monday 24 October 2011

Albert Herring

Soloists from the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme
Britten–Pears Orchestra
Steuart Bedford conductor
Dame Felicity Lott guest teacher
Oliver Meares director

Britten Albert Herring

Set in a Suffolk village, Britten’s one comic opera opens with the search for a virtuous girl to become May Queen. Some hope! – the impossibility of finding one results instead in the election of a boy of unquestionable chastity – Albert Herring. Britten and librettist Eric Crozier poke fun at the very English hypocrisy, but the combination of wit, mockery and tenderness, make this one of the composer’s most admired works with a wonderful cast of memorable characters. Directed by rising young British director Oliver Meares and conducted by Britten’s own collaborator, Steuart Bedford, this production will be performed at Aldeburgh’s 2011 Britten Festival with the possibility of further performances at another UK venue. Singers and repetiteurs as well as instrumentalists (including string quartets) should apply.

Orchestral rehearsals start on 10 October. Expenses are covered for all participants.

BPO Bursaries supported by the Leverhulme Trust


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