ALBERT HERRING

BENJAMIN BRITTEN

A charming comic depiction of English village life
In English with SURTITLES™
COMPANY PREMIERE
Co-produced with Pacific Opera Victoria

November 30, December 5, 7, 8 (matinée), 2013
Evening performances 7:30pm.
Matinée performances 2:00pm.

CLOSES DECEMBER 8!

“Thoroughly engaging ... an excellent entry point for opera newcomers … rich with charm to satisfy longtime fans.” - The Georgia Straight
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"...genuine charm...attractive staging and fine singing" - The Vancouver Sun
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►The busybodies of the Loxford May Day committee cannot find a virtuous female to be May Queen, so they name as May King the over-protected grocer’s son, Albert Herring. Following an extravagant crowning ceremony, at which Albert gets tipsy on rum-spiked lemonade, he decides to cut his mother’s apron strings and venture into the sensual world he sees others enjoying. After a frantic search by the entire town, Albert reappears, having enjoyed a night of debauchery. Depending on your point of view, he has been either ruined or saved.

This brilliant comedy by England’s greatest opera composer is a fast-paced, witty, and devastatingly satirical portrayal of the quaint characters of a closed-in (and now vanished) community. Employing a cleverly constituted chamber orchestra, Britten uses his prodigious powers of melodic invention and parody to explore society’s attitudes toward an odd but innocent individual. VO’s new co-production is set in East Suffolk at the time of the opera’s 1947 premiere.

► All performances are at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
► Approximate running time: 2 hours 43 minutes (including one intermission)

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CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

 

Conductor LESLIE DALA

LESLIE DALA
Conductor
Toronto, ON


Last VO Appearance:
Conductor, The Magic Flute, 2013


Recent Appearances:
The Tales of Hoffman and Carmen with UBC Opera
Music for China, presented by Soundstreams Canada, with performances in Toronto, Shanghai and Beijing
Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria


Upcoming Engagements:
Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Albert Herring with the University of Toronto Opera Division


Mr. Dala is the Music Director of the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Music Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music Symphony.


More about Leslie Dala


Mr. Dala’s appearance is supported by a gift from The Illahie Foundation

Directed by GLYNIS LEYSHON

GLYNIS LEYSHON
Director
Victoria, BC


Last VO Appearance:
Rigoletto, 2009


Recent Appearances:
Falstaff and Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again with National Arts Centre
La traviata with Calgary Opera
God of Carnage with Belfry Theatre, Victoria


Upcoming Engagements:
Madama Butterfly with Calgary Opera
Proud with Belfry Theatre, Victoria


Ms. Leyshon’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mike & Kathy Gallagher

Albert Herring LAWRENCE WILIFORD

LAWRENCE WILIFORD
Tenor
Victoria, BC
Albert Herring


Vancouver Opera Début

Recent Appearances:
Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Opera Atelier
Elijah (Mendelssohn) with The Colorado Symphony
Mass in B Minor (Bach) with Elmer Iseler Singers
Requiem (Mozart) with National Arts Centre Orchestra


Upcoming Engagements:
Messiah (Handel) with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Recording: Britten: Divine Musick: The Late Works for Tenor and Harp (ATMA Classique, 2010)


More about Lawrence Wiliford


Mr. Wiliford’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mary Tait & Bill Sirett

Lady Billows SALLY DIBBLEE

SALLY DIBBLEE
Soprano
Fredericton, NB
Lady Billows


Last Vancouver Opera Appearance:
Pat Nixon in Nixon in China, 2010


Recent Appearances:
Soloist, Requiem (Fauré) with Symphony New Brunswick
The Merry Widow with The Newfoundland Symphony
Lady Billows in Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
Elizabetta in Maria Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria


Upcoming Engagements:
Cio-Cio-San in Madame Butterfly with Calgary Opera
Soloist, Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) with Symphony New Brunswick


Ms. Dibblee's appearance is supported by a gift from Mr. & Mrs. Gordon Christopher

Nancy SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI

SYLVIA SZADOVSZKI
Mezzo-Soprano
Vancouver, BC
Nancy


Last VO Appearance:
Papagena in The Magic Flute, 2013


Recent Appearances:
Kate in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera
Rosina in Der Barbier von Sevilla with Theater Hof, Germany
Mercedes in Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria
Hansel in Hansel & Gretel with Vancouver Opera In Schools


Upcoming Engagements:
Soloist, Messiah with the Vancouver Bach Choir and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Soloist, Choral Fantasy (Beethoven) with the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra


Ms. Szadovszki's appearance is supported by a gift from Lis & Bruce Welch

Sid AARON DURAND

AARON DURAND
Baritone
100 Mile House, BC
Sid


Last VO Appearance:
Sciarrone in Tosca, 2013


Recent Appearances:
The Speaker in The Magic Flute with Vancouver Opera
Javan in When the Sun Comes Out with the Queer Arts Festival
Soloist, Symphony No. 9 (Beethoven) with Vancouver Academy Orchestra
Samuel in The Pirates of Penzance with Vancouver Opera


Upcoming Engagements:
Soloist, Messiah with Victoria Symphony
Masetto in Don Giovanni with Vancouver Opera


Mr. Durand’s appearance is supported by a gift from Mrs. Irene McEwen

Florence SUSAN PLATTS

SUSAN PLATTS
Mezzo-Soprano
Victoria, BC
Florence Pike


Vancouver Opera Début


Recent Appearances:
Symphony No.8 (Mahler) with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
Nixon in China with BBC Symphony Orchestra Proms Concert
Florence Pike in Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
Rosamunde (Schubert) with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra
 

Upcoming Engagements:
Symphony No. 8 (Mahler) with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Sea Pictures (Elgar) with the Louisville Orchestra


Mr. Platts’s appearance is supported by a gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous

Miss Wordsworth MELANIE KRUEGER

MELANIE KRUEGER
Soprano
Abbotsford, BC
Miss Wordsworth

 

Last VO Appearance:
Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance, 2012

Recent Appearances:
Lillian Alling with the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts
Sharon in Master Class with The Arts Club Theatre Company
Annina in La traviata with Vancouver Opera
Les Noces (Stravinsky) with the Vancouver Bach Choir


Upcoming Engagements:
The Voice from Heaven in Don Carlo with Vancouver Opera

More about Melanie Krueger


Ms. Krueger’s appearance is supported by a gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous

Mrs. Herring REBECCA HASS

REBECCA HASS
Mezzo-Soprano
Coldwater, ON
Mrs. Herring


Last VO Appearance:
Third Secretary in Nixon in China, 2010

Recent Appearances:
Mrs. Herring in Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
Marquis of Berkenfeld in La fille du regiment with Manitoba Opera
Lady in Waiting in Macbeth with Pacific Opera Victoria
Azucena in Il trovatore with Astoria Music Festival, Oregon


Upcoming Engagements:
Writer/Contributor, CBC Radio
Guest Host, Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, CBC Radio 2


Ms. Hass’s appearance is supported by a gift from Val & Dick Bradshaw

Mr. Gedge PETER MCGILLIVRAY

PETER MCGILLIVRAY
Baritone
Prince Albert, SK
Mr. Gedge


Vancouver Opera Début


Recent Appearances:
Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Opéra de Québec
Vicar Gedge in Albert Herring and Noye in Noye's Fludde with Pacific Opera Victoria
Thomas in Shelter with Tapestry New Opera / Edmonton Opera
Stubb in Moby Dick with Calgary Opera


Upcoming Engagements:
Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus with Edmonton Opera
Schaunard in La bohème with Manitoba Opera

More about Peter McGillivray


Mr. McGillivray's appearance is supported by a gift from Mr. Ken & Mrs. Ellen Mahon

Mr. Upfold MICHAEL COLVIN

 MICHAEL COLVIN
Tenor
Toronto, ON
Mr. Upfold


Last VO Appearance:
Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio (concert), 2004


Recent Appearances:
Bob Boles in Peter Grimes with Accademia Nazionale do Santa Cecilia, Italy and with London Philharmonic Orchestra
L'Aumonier in Dialogues of the Carmelites with the Canadian Opera Company
Red Whiskers / Captain Vere (cover) in Billy Budd with English National Opera
 

Upcoming Engagements:
Bob Boles / Peter Grimes (cover) in Peter Grimes with English National Opera
Dr. Caius in Falstaff / Goro in Madama Butterfly with the Canadian Opera Company

More about Michael Colvin

 

Mr. Colvin's appearance is supported by a gift from Alan & Gwendoline Pyatt

Superintendent Budd GILES TOMKINS

GILES TOMKINS
Bass-baritone
Toronto, ON
Superintendent Budd

 

Last VO Appearance:
Sergeant of Police in The Pirates of Penzance, 2012


Recent Appearances:
Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring with Pacific Opera Victoria
Black Bob in The Little Sweep with Pacific Opera Victoria / Belfry Theatre
Colline in La bohème with Kingston Symphony Orchestra
Oberto with Opera in Concert, Toronto


Upcoming Engagements:
Leporello (March 7 & 9 performances) in Don Giovanni with Vancouver Opera
Colline in La bohème with Manitoba Opera

More about Giles Tomkins


Mr. Tomkins`s appearance is supported by a gift from Mrs. Barbara Lowy

Emmie MARIA BAMFORD

MARIA BAMFORD
Soprano
Vancouver, BC
Emmie


Vancouver Opera Début


Recent Appearances:
Mi in Land of Smiles with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Gretel in Hansel und Gretel with UBC Opera
Klina in The Inventor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and UBC Opera
Soloist, Carmina Burana with UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Cis SIMONE MCINTOSH

SIMONE MCINTOSH
Soprano
Vancouver, BC
Cis


Last VO Appearance:
Rosie (Understudy) in The Barber of Barkerville (Vancouver Opera In Schools), 2013


Recent Appearances:
Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffman with UBC Opera
Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen with European Music Academy
Sister St. Charles in Dialogues of the Carmelites with UBC Opera


Upcoming Engagements:
Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with Burnaby Lyric Opera
Fox in The Cunning LIttle Vixen with UBC Opera

Harry EVA TAVARES

EVA TAVARES
Soprano
Langley, BC
Harry

 

Last VO Appearance:
Naomi (Understudy) in Naomi's Road (Vancouver Opera In Schools), 2013


Recent Appearances:
Oscar in Viva Verdi! with UBC Opera
Cecily in Ernest in Love with Applause! Musicals
Mi in Land of Smiles with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Chorus and Olympia (Understudy) in Les contes d'Hoffman with UBC Opera


Upcoming Engagements:
Light for the Child with musica intima

Assistant Conductor KINZA TYRRELL

KINZA TYRRELL
Conductor
Victoria, BC


Last VO Appearance:
Children's Chorus Director / Principal Répétiteur, Tosca, 2013


Recent Appearances:
Conductor, Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera Studio
Diction Specialist at Opera Nuova
Piano Soloist in The Four Temperaments (Hindeminth) with Edmonton Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic


Upcoming Engagements:
Visiting Teacher with Calgary Opera's Young Artist Program
Trio Recital on 'Cap Classic' series at Capilano University

Ms. Tyrrell is the Music Director of Vancouver Opera In Schools and Vancouver Summer Opera Studio, and Répétiteur at Opera Nuova, COSI Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, and Opera as Theatre at the Banff Centre


Ms. Tyrrell’s appearance is supported by a gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous

Set & Costume Designer PATRICK CLARK

PATRICK CLARK
Scenic & Costume Designer
Fredericton, NB

 

Vancouver Opera Début


Recent Appearances:
Tartuffe with National Theatre Centre, Ottawa
The Mousetrap with Theatre Aquarius
The Norman Conquests with Soulpepper Theatre
Private Lives with Theatre New Brunswick


Upcoming Engagements:
Good People with Manitoba Theatre
Beaux Strategem with Stratford Festival

Mr. Clark is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and The Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts.

Lighting Designer MICHAEL WALTON

MICHAEL WALTON
Lighting Designer
Stratford, ON

 

Vancouver Opera Début


Recent Appearances:
Venus in Fur with Canadian Stage Company
Fiddler on the Roof, Othello, and The Three Musketeers with the Stratford Festival
Maria Stuarda with Pacific Opera Victoria
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots and Sideways with La Jolla Playhouse, California


Upcoming Engagements:
Cosi fan tutte with the Canadian Opera Company
King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Antony and Cleopatra with the Stratford Festival

Wig Designer STACEY BUTTERWORTH

STACEY BUTTERWORTH
Wig Designer
Vancouver, BC


Last VO Appearance:
Tosca, 2013


Recent Appearances:
Wig design and construction, Bard on the Beach 2013
American Hustle feature film - wig maker for Jennifer Lawrence
Fox Catcher feature film - wig maker for Channing Tatum
Moneyball feature film - wig maker for Brad Pitt


Upcoming Engagements:
Conflagration feature film
The Interview feature film - wig maker for Seth Rogan
The Strain television production, directed by Guillermo del Toro, Toronto


Ms. Butterworth has been Wig Designer at Vancouver Opera since 1995. Stacey Butterworth Wig Creations is one of the top suppliers of custom made wigs in North America, supplying film, television, theatre and opera.

Musical Preparation TINA CHANG

TINA CHANG
MUSICAL PREPARATION

Taiwan

LAST VO APPEARANCE
Musical Preparation, Tosca, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
Pianist, Recital with Vancouver Opera's Yulanda M. Faris Young Artists Program at YVR
Pianist, Cinderella with Vancouver Opera In Schools
Pianist and Coach with the Atelier Lyrique at l'Opéra de Montréal

Musical Preparation, Tea: A Mirror of Soul, 2013
  KIMBERLEY-ANN BARTCZAK

KIMBERELY-ANN BARTCZAK
MUSICAL PREPARATION


LAST VO APPEARANCE:
Musical Preparation, Tosca, 2013


RECENT APPEARANCES
Répétiteur, University of Toronto opera program
Accompanist, Women’s Chorus at the University of Toronto and the Mississauga Festival Choir
 

UPCOMING APPEARANCES
Music Director, Talk Opera with Opera 5
Pianist and coach, Opera on the Avalon and St. Andrews Opera Workshop

Stage Manager SHEILA MUNN

SHEILA MUNN
STAGE MANAGER

Vancouver, BC


LAST VO APPEARANCE
Tosca, 2013

RECENT APPEARANCES
When The Sun Comes Out with Queer Arts Festival
Dialogues des Carmélites, The Merry Widow and Albert Herring with UBC Opera Ensemble
The Magic Flute, The Pirates of Penzance, La Bohème, Aida, The Barber of Seville, Roméo et Juliette, La Traviata, La Clemenza di Tito, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lillian Alling, Madama Butterfly, The Marriage of Figaro, Nixon in China, Norma, Salome, Rigoletto, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Fidelio, The Italian Girl in Algiers, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, Tosca, Ariadne auf Naxos, The Magic Flute, and Macbeth with Vancouver Opera.
 
Assistant Director FANNY GILBERT-COLLET

FANNY GILBERT-COLLET
Assistant Director
Montreal, QC


Last VO Appearance:
Assistant Director, Tosca, 2013


Recent Appearances:
Assistant Director with Opera NUOVA
Assistant Stage Director, Die Zauberflöte Nice, France
Director, Les Dialogues des Carmélites with the Vocal Arts Festival, NUOVA Edmonton
Director, La bohème with Opéra Immédial, Montreal


Upcoming Engagements:
Assistant Stage Director, Don Giovanni and Don Carlo with Vancouver Opera


 

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