Queen Albert makes a stop at Dunster House

by OFA Staff

If you were strolling down Mt. Auburn Street near the Office for the Arts over the last few weeks, you may have heard the singing voices of Dunster House Opera performers rehearsing Benjamin Britten's comic opera "Albert Herring." If not -- and even if so! -- you can hear the actual opera in performance 8:30 p.m. Feb, 5, 6, 7, 12 & 13 at Dunster House Dining Hall. Although Britten quotes several composers in the score, the wacky storyline of his chamber opera is reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas. The scene is May Day, but the town is lamenting a lack of virginal girls to take the Queen of the May throne. So why not have a King of the May? And Albert Herring, the young grocery clerk, is just the man for the job.Until he's not.Britten wrote "Albert Herring" (1947) as a companion piece to the more tragic "Rape of Lucretia" (1946) and worked with lyricist Eric Crozier to adapt Guy de Maupassant's "Le Rosier de Madame Husson" to an English village.Scott Lozier (no relation to Crozier), OFA videographer and arts editor, listened at his desk to the opera rehearsals. Every day. For several weeks. Then he grabbed his camera and filmed the musicians at work. "What's going on?" one character asks of another. Check out Scott's video to find out. Look what happens to Albert when he tries to apologize to a group of angry women. It ain't pretty. And yet, it's beautiful. But don't take our word for it. For tickets, click here. [http://www.youtube.com/v/bqpT1qfna3M&hl=en_US&fs=1&]