Albert Herring

Albert Herring is not so much a chamber opera for me as it is a seek-and-find for the cause of the marching melody sure to become my ear worm companion tomorrow.

I have a great view of the timpani, bassoon, and bass clarinet tonight, and with a stretch the harp and flute. I believe the bassoonist is my culprit. In this delightful tragicomedy the docile title character Albert Herring will have his piety tested after being elected The King of May. The theme, rhymes, and the disparate parts that form this opera's cohesive whole take me back to my old love of poetry and in particular the poet Allen Ginsberg.

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