Albert Herring, Norwich
FRANK CLIFF James Robert Carson's revival for Glyndebourne Touring Opera of Peter Hall's production of Britten's Albert Herring, originally staged in 1985 and one of the most successful productions this opera has ever had, is sheer delight.
James Robert Carson's revival for Glyndebourne Touring Opera of Peter Hall's production of Britten's Albert Herring, originally staged in 1985 and one of the most successful productions this opera has ever had, is sheer delight.
It also looks wonderful in John Gunter's design with Lady Billows' breakfast room, Mrs Herring's shop and the marquee next to the vicarage all beautifully evocative of the period.
The opera has a richly comic collection of characters even if it does have its darker side, for these villagers of Loxford are capable of exhibiting a third degree of moral hypocrisy.
This is an opera which needs strong casting and this production certainly has it. The singing is superb and the acting equally fine though the Suffolk accents come and go.
The village worthies who gather in Lady Billows' home to discuss the election of a May Queen; vicar, mayor, police superintendent and schoolma'am are beautifully drawn. Rita Cullis was on excellent domineering form as the autocratic Lady Billows. Hal Cazalet as Albert achieves the transition from bullied wimp to Albert the triumphant brilliantly.
- 1 Meet the three Norfolk businesses featured in Antiques Road Trip
- 2 Family's heartache as dog dies after being hit by Amazon van
- 3 'It is really sad': End of an era as popular pub landlords call time
- 4 The homeless newlyweds who have lived in their car for a year
- 5 Former Norwich restaurant to be transformed into £1.5m food hall
- 6 A146 closed after three vehicles and motorcycle involved in crash
- 7 10-year-old town centre deli announces sudden closure
- 8 Family pub and restaurant opens outdoor pool to cold water swimmers
- 9 Man set to stand trial accused of teen daughter's murder
- 10 People come 'from all over the country' to try this Norfolk seafood platter
There was excellent playing from the Glyndebourne Touring Opera Orchestra conducted by Richard Farns, though the noisy Theatre Royal audience must have missed the finer points of at least the first interlude.