Chicago Opera Theater (COT) kicks off their 50th year with Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten and a libretto by Eric Crozier.
The ~Vibe~ – Finding oneself, indie film comedy, breaking societal expectations
This comedic coming-of-age story celebrates COT’s rich history of presenting Britten works including the Chicago premiere of this piece in 1979. Coming back to Chicago after 33 years, this new production will be conducted by the world-renowned Dame Jane Glover and staged by leading musical theatre director Stephen Sposito.
Envisioned by Sposito as an indie film in the vein of Wes Anderson and the Cohen Brothers, we invite you to the town of Loxford, England where none of the young ladies live up to Lady Billows’ inscrutable moral standards to be crowned May Queen. In a strange twist, it turns out the grocer’s son, Albert Herring, fits the bill and a May King is crowned instead! After being mocked by his friends for receiving the honor, Albert takes his first steps into independence by embarking on a night of debauchery.
The cast includes Miles Mykkanen as Albert Herring, Whitney Morrison as Lady Billows, Justin Berkowitz as Mr. Upfold the Mayor, Bill McMurray as Mr. Gedge the vicar, Teresa Castillo as Miss Wordsworth, Sam Wiser as Superintendent Budd, Boya Wei as Cis, Alissa Anderson as Florence Pike, and Leah Dexter as Mrs. Herring.
Sung in English with English subtitles. 2 hours and 50 minutes including one intermission.