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Opera 'Albert Herring'

A comic English opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten libretto by Eric Crozier, freely adapted to a novel by Guy De Maupassant

A May Queen is crowned every year in the pious and conservative community of the town of Loxford. To the great displeasure of the aristocratic Lady Billows, no suitable candidate can be found and it is decided to appoint the somewhat lanky Albert Herring as May King. During the coronation, butcher's assistance Sid mixes Albert's lemonade with a good dash of rum. Albert, who knows little or no small pleasures under his mother's head, suddenly sees the world with very different eyes. The next day there is great panic when the May King turns out to be missing. Fortunately, the prodigal son returns, but only after he has spent almost all of his cash prize at the café and in female company to the shame and disgrace of the moral knights of Loxford.

This gem by Benjamin Britten will undoubtedly be the highlight of this academic year. The opera is performed in a complete 'staged' setting. The, for you, familiar, White hall is completely converted to make room for an orchestra pit for ensemble and scene. Two casts have had a long and intensive rehearsal period. Decor and light are ready, the costumes are adjusted and we are eager to show you all this beautiful things. 


A comic opera in three acts by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Libretto by Eric Crozier
freely edited after a novel by Guy De Maupassant

The opera lasts about 3 hours, but we provide two breaks inbetween the three parts.


This opera by Benjamin Britten is performed by the student of the vocal department. The direction is in the hands of Benoît De Leersnijder. Michiel Delanghe is responsible for the musical direction and Sabrina Avantario for the musical training.

Musical direction - Michiel Delanghe
Concept and Direction - Benoît De Leersnyder
Director assistant - Roos Rol, student vocal department bachelor 3
Musical training - Sabrina Avantario
Light and scenography - Hugo Moens
Costume design - Emma Hoffmann, student theater costume bachelor 3 Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
Costume supervisor - Mink Laksanaporn Chonsamoe, master student theater costume , Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
Wigs, hair and make-up - Annick Wouters
Surtitling and projection - Johan Wijnants


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