Plays Directory : Albert Herring

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Benjamin Britten
  • Written
    1947
  • Overview
    'Albert Herring' is a chamber opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten, his Op. 39.

    This comic opera was a successor to his serious opera The Rape of Lucretia. The libretto, by Eric Crozier, was based on Guy de Maupassant's story Le Rosier de Madame Husson, but it was transposed entirely to an English setting.

    Albert Herring is a musically complex work, in some ways reminiscent of the works of Richard Strauss. The text itself is genuinely funny, and there are myriad musical quotations within the score, as well as some complex forms within, despite the light subject matter. Like Peter Grimes and other works by Britten, this opera explores society's reaction to an odd individual, although, in this case at least, it is from a generally humorous and lighthearted perspective. Some of Britten's contemporaries saw in the title character a satirical self-portrait of the composer.

    The opera was premiered on 20 June 1947 at Glyndebourne, conducted by the composer. According to one writer, John Christie, the owner and founder of Glyndebourne "disliked it intensely and is said to have greeted members of the first night audience with the words: 'This isn't our kind of thing, you know'.

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7 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Jessica Pomeroy
Jessica Pomeroy
Company Stage Manager
2019, Lighting Designer
Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall
Jen Levet
Jen Levet
Theatrical Milliner
2017, Theatrical Milliner
Nathan Bargate
Nathan Bargate
Lighting Programmer
2017, Production Manager
Claire Herdman
Claire Herdman
Costume Maker
2017, Freelance maker
Claudia Hodgson
Claudia Hodgson
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
The Grange
Ellen Dawson
Ellen Dawson
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, Stage Manager
Emily Deller
Emily Deller
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, Deputy Stage Manager
Buxton Opera House
Emily Chattle
2017, Maid/Dancer
Kate Lyons
Kate Lyons
Costume Supervisor
2017, Wardrobe Supervisor
The Grange, Hampshire
Pippa Lowen
Pippa Lowen
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Deputy Stage Manager
Euan Lynch
Euan Lynch
Child Actor
2017, Harry
York
Micaëla Corcoran
Micaëla Corcoran
Stage Manager
2016, Stage Manager
Les Capucins
Sorcha Corcoran
Sorcha Corcoran
Set Designer
2016, Set Designer
Les Capucins
Gayle MacGregor
Gayle MacGregor
Costume Cutter
2016, Wardrobe Co-ordinater-Cutter
Conservatorium Theatre
Anna Bonomelli
Anna Bonomelli
Set Designer
2016, Set and Costume Designer Assistant
Opera di Firenze
Gelisa Phillips
Gelisa Phillips
Dresser
2016, Dresser and Maintenance
Beshlie Thorp
2015, Cis
Rachael Hewer
Rachael Hewer
Deputy Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
Rosie Armitage
Rosie Armitage
Costume Maker
2015, Freelance costume cutter and maker
Katie Newton
Katie Newton
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
Dora Stoutzker Hall