By Benjamin Britten. With the Meadows Symphony Orchestra.
This virtuoso comic masterpiece tells the tale of the only virgin left in a small English town, a meek, shy mama’s boy who is crowned May King when none of the local girls are deemed pure enough to wear the crown. When his buddies secretly spike his coronation lemonade with rum, Albert goes on a bender and gains the courage to discover what the world outside his mama’s greengrocer shop has to offer, much to the shock and horror of the proper, puritanical townsfolk! Full of delightfully wicked, deftly drawn characters, Britten’s chamber opera sparkles with freshness, color and limitless charm. Sung in English with English supertitles, this production is a part of the official Britten 100 International Centenary Celebration of the composer’s birth.
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