Operagasmic Production of the Week!
by Christie Connolley
I love to arrive early to the opera. For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES! Once that is done, I delve into the program! I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes! It is one of the best parts of going to the opera! So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.
The Operagasmic Production of the Week is LA Opera’s Albert Herring!
It’s spring in a bucolic English country village; time to choose a May Queen from the lovely local maidens. But the only virgin to be found is Albert Herring, a meek mama’s boy who reluctantly becomes Loxford’s first May King. After his friends surreptitiously ply him with liquid courage at the coronation ceremony, Albert discovers the nerve to assert himself for the first time in his life.
Tenor charmer Alek Shrader will make his Company debut in the title role. Albert Herring is the second in a series of operas celebrating the upcoming centenary of the legendary English-language composer, Benjamin Britten.
|Saturday||February 25, 2012||7:30 p.m.||Buy Tickets|
|Saturday||March 3, 2012||7:30 p.m.||Buy Tickets|
|Thursday||March 8, 2012||7:30 p.m.||Buy Tickets|
|Sunday||March 11, 2012||2:00 p.m.||Buy Tickets|
|Wednesday||March 14, 2012||7:30 p.m.||Buy Tickets|
|Saturday||March 17, 2012||2:00 p.m.||Buy Tickets|
Approximately two hours and fifty minutes, including one intermission.
|Albert Herring||Alek Shrader*|
|Lady Billows (Feb 25 – Mar 11)||Janis Kelly*|
|Lady Billows (Mar 14 – 17)||Christine Brewer*|
|Florence Pike||Ronnita Nicole Miller++|
|Miss Wordsworth||Stacey Tappan|
|Mr. Gedge, the Vicar||Jonathan Michie*|
|Mr. Upfold, the Mayor||Robert McPherson*|
|Superintendent Budd||Richard Bernstein|
|Mrs. Herring||Jane Bunnell*|
|Scenic and Costume Designer||Kevin Knight*|
|Lighting Designer||Rick Fisher*|
|Assoc. Conductor||Grant Gershon|
* LA Opera debut artist
+ Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program member
++ Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program alumnus