Beginning Thursday, November 6, the Eastman Opera Theatre will present "Albert Herring," a comedic opera about an innocent young British man who sets out to lose his virginity immediately after being crowned May King. Written by famed writer Benjamin Britten, "Albert Herring" is a witty satire of British small-town attitudes that explores themes of societal marginalization. Assistant Professor of Opera at Eastman, and Stage Director for the production Stephen Carr notes that one of the most distinctive elements of Albert Herring is its "tight character development," bringing a realism to the characters that audiences will immediately connect with. "Albert Herring" features two alternating casts of lead roles, with Steven Humes and Nathaniel McEwan starring as the titular character.
"Albert Herring" will run Thursday, November 6, through Sunday, November 9, at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday; and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Pre-performance lectures will also be held one hour before each show in the Ray Wright Room (Room 120) in the Eastman School of Music. Tickets are $20 for general admission, with discounts for student and UR ID holders. 454-2100; eastmantheatre.org.