OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi Opera Theatre presents a lighthearted musical adventure that offers a perfect introduction to the world of opera when it performs Benjamin Britten’s “Albert Herring” this weekend at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for the Performing Arts.
“Albert Herring” is a comic three-act opera composed by Britten in 1947. Set in East Suffolk at the turn of the 20th century, the production depicts a May Day festival that goes wrong when the quiet young man who has been elected as May King chooses to experience life’s pleasures as he breaks away from the rules and expectations society has placed on him.
“Albert Herring” will be performed by Ole Miss graduate and undergraduate vocal music majors, supported by the UM Orchestra. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 22) and 2 p.m. Sunday (April 23).
“‘Albert Herring’ promises to be a delightful experience,” said Kate Meacham, Ford Center marketing director. “It’s also a great opportunity to try opera if you have never seen one.
“It’s sung in English, so it’s easy to follow the story. The show is very funny, and the cast and crew have done a wonderful job bringing the show to life.”
Before Saturday’s concert at 6:45 p.m., assistant professor of music Jos Milton will deliver a lecture offering a brief exploration into the life and works of Benjamin Britten.
“Come support our university student singers and orchestra as they present ‘Albert Herring,'” said Julia Aubrey, Ford Center director. “You will be delighted with the quality voices, acting and support from the orchestra pit from these young musicians. The set, lighting and costume designers have created a wonderful visual component that you do not want to miss.”
Tickets are $21 for Orchestra/Parterre, $18 Mezzanine, $15 Balcony $21 Tier 1 box seats and $18 Tier 2 box seats. A 10 percent discount is available for all UM faculty, staff and retirees. Tickets are available at the UM Box Office at the Ford Center, online at http://olemissboxoffice.com/ or by phone at 662-915-2787.