Exactly 70 years after its opening at Glyndebourne The Grange Festival presents Britten’s Albert Herring (described by famous Russian pianist Sviatoslav Richter as "the greatest comic opera of the century”). Michael Chance is bringing together the perfect Britten team of conductor Steuart Bedford and director John Copley, two of the most beloved figures in the opera world, both of whom worked with Benjamin Britten on several projects.
Albert Herring is set to be another hit for The Grange Festival’s inaugural summer season. Productions of Carmen and Il ritorno d’ Ulisse in patria have received outstanding audience reactions and critical acclaim. The Times saluted our “bold and innovative season“, “a new Grange Festival has risen phoenix-like in Hampshire”. Ulisse was a “Monteverdian nirvana” (The Sunday Times), and Carmen was “undoubtedly an outstanding production” (Mark Aspen Reviews).
Albert Herring tells the story of the hapless Albert as he is selected to be the town’s first ‘May King’ when no virtuous women can be found in Loxford. However, Albert is less than delighted with his new title and dreams of rebellion. This raucously entertaining new production of Albert Herring will be a highlight of the summer season.
The Grange Festival are offering an exclusive price to celebrate the last production of the summer season; under 35’s can purchase Albert Herring tickets at just £20.00, these tickets will be allocated on the day of the performances, you may get one of the best seats in the house.
This marks the first of a series of offers targeted at under 35s.
“It’s a core part of our mission to ensure that our beautiful theatre is open to everybody. We’re working on several schemes for future seasons to make that a reality. It is crucial to me that anyone is able to enjoy a day of music and theatre at The Grange. Albert Herring is a wonderful, joyful, funny piece which is a great introduction to opera, and we hope young people who may have felt opera wasn’t for them for one reason or another will come see this show.” Michael Chance CBE, Artistic Director.