Fall Opera: Albert Herring
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Saturday, October 19, 2013
at 8:00 PM
Christiansen Hall of Music, 100 Urness Recital Hall
James McKeel


St. Olaf College celebrates Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday with Albert Herring — Britten’s comic operatic masterpiece where Downton Abbey meets a quaint English village short on virgins.

In the year of 2013, as the world celebrates the life and work of composer Benjamin Britten with nearly 2,000 performances, the St. Olaf Lyric Theater Season will proudly present his comic opera Albert Herring with two performances on Friday, October 18, and Saturday, October 19, at 8 p.m. in Urness Recital Hall (Christiansen Hall of Music). Both performances are free and open to the public, with no tickets required. Seating is limited and doors open at 7:30 p.m. each night.

The Plot
In a small English village circa 1900, Lady Billows and her intrepid May Day committee are organizing the annual May Day festival and are desperate to find girls for the coveted position of Queen of the May. However, it turns out that none of the girls in the village are judged, by the committee, to be virgins — disqualifying them.

Thus, the determined committee decides to select a May King instead of a May Queen. Albert Herring, a hardworking and well-behaved greengrocer — assumed to be virginal — is the perfect candidate. Comedy ensues when, after suffering through his crowning ceremony, Albert disappears. Everyone believes he is dead — when in fact Albert has a surprise or two up his virginal sleeve.

The Lyric Theater Season
The St. Olaf College Music Department’s Lyric Theater Season not only offers undergraduate singer/actors an opportunity to perform a wide range of opera, operetta, and musical theater masterworks in an atmosphere of professional standards and academic support, but also provides important leadership roles for future educators, conductors, music and stage directors, stage managers, lighting operators, choreographers, and arts administrators.

Recent productions have included works by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, Weill, Bernstein, Ravel, Monteverdi, Offenbach, and Gilbert & Sullivan.

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