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Maryland Opera Studio: Albert Herring

November 22-26, 2013

Kay Theatre

Promotional Poster for Maryland Opera Studio's production of Britten's Albert HerringMusic Benjamin Britten

Libretto Eric Crozier

Conductor Craig Kier

Director
Kasi Campbell

Based on Le Rosier de
Madame Husson
by Guy de Maupassant

In honor of the centennial of Benjamin Britten’s birth, the Maryland Opera Studio proudly presents his rollicking 1947 comedy, Albert Herring. Based on a short story by French writer Guy de Maupassant, Albert Herring tells the story of a hapless lad, unwittingly caught up in the politics of an English village's annual spring celebration. The imperious Lady Billows strikes a blow against the immorality of the local girls by breaking with tradition and crowning a King of the May. Unfortunately, our hero Albert chooses this moment to change his “good boy” image.

Explore the UMD Libraries and learn more about Benjamin Britten and his works:

  • Film: Watch the Glyndebourne Festival Opera's production of Albert Herring, directed y Peter Hall and conducted by Bernard Haitink. This DVD recording features the Glyndebourne Chorus and soloists of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and stars John Graham-Hall as Albert, Patricia Johnson as Lady Billows, Alan Opie as Sid and Felicity Palmer as Florence Pike. 
  • Recordings
  • Scores
  • Articles and Reviews
  • Books: Learn more about the history and criticism of Britten's operas through writings by some of the top scholars in the field of 20th century opera. A highlight of this list is Philip Brett's Music and Sexuality in Britten: Selected Essays, edited by George E. Haggerty - Musicologist Philip Brett is the leading expert in the field of Benjamin Britten studies, and his scholarship on Britten’s life and music has provided new insight on not only Britten’s compositional style but on the composer’s views of politics and philosophy. This collection of Brett’s work includes, among other topics, writings on character relationships in Turn of the Screw, politics and violence in Peter Grimes and caricature in Albert Herring. An introduction by MacArthur fellow Susan McClary precedes Brett’s penetrating exploration of the many ways that Britten’s sexual, cultural and personal identity influenced his musical texts. 
  • Biographies of composer Benjamin Britten
  • Writings by Guy de Maupassant: Learn more about the writer whose short story inspired the libretto of Albert Herring - this list includes biographies, criticism, and collections of works by Guy de Maupassant in English and French.

Streaming Audio: Listen to a playlist featuring the opera Albert Herring in its entirety, streamed through the Naxos Music Library database (accessible with your UMD directory ID and password.)