Benjamin Britten (1947)
The famous Russian pianist and conductor Sviatoslav Richter once famously dubbed it as the ‘greatest comic opera of the century’ – and indeed Benjamin Britten’s charming chamber opera, Albert Herring is surely one of the most endearing, light-hearted and outright funny operas you will ever see.
May Day is looming, and the small town of Loxford is in turmoil. All the potential May Queens are judged to be morally unsuitable. Desperate, the locals decide a May King will have to do instead. They choose the blameless Albert Herring, from the greengrocers. He isn’t keen, but stuck firmly under his mother’s thumb, he’ll do what he is told. However, after one rum-laced lemonade at the May Day ceremony, Albert decides to take his prize money to town to explore for him himself the pleasures life has denied him so far. But how will his sudden disappearance go down in the village?
Based on a short story by the French literary wizard Maupassant, Eric Crozier’s masterly libretto about small town life is so well-observed and strongly characterised that it could stand alone as a supremely entertaining play in its own right. In Britten’s witty, imaginative and touching score it finds an ideal match.
Giles Havergal, whose wise and beautifully-judged staging of The Merry Widow was a highlight of the 2010–11 season, returns to direct a new production featuring Dame Josephine Barstow in the role of the formidable Lady Billows.
Lasts approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
Sung in English.
Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund
Albert Herring will be performed in the round. View the new seating plan here.
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Tuesday - Friday
We’ve teamed up with Piazza by Anthony in Leeds to offer you an exclusive pre-theatre menu. Enjoy 2 Courses for £17.95 or 3 Courses for £22.95. Please use the promotion code ‘OPERANORTH’ when booking your table online or by calling 0113 2470995. This special offer is also available without booking, simply turn up and show your opera tickets to the receptionist.
Only valid on the day of the performance your ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Just a short walk from the theatre, another fantastic dining option is The Reliance (76-78 North Street).Treat yourself to the pre-theatre menu served between 5:30 and 6:30pm, Mon - Sat. Enjoy 2 courses for £13.95 or 3 courses for £17.90. Call 0113 2956060 to book a table.
The Food Academy at Flannels have set up a pre-theatre special menu for Opera North audience members. 2 courses for £15.50 or 3 courses for £18.50, the menu can be found here and they ask that people book in advance.