Future opera singers are easily identified at birth due to their multi-octave crying and graceful bows as they emerge from the womb. Check out how far these toddling tenors have come with this GrouponLive deal to see the Florentine Opera Company perform Benjamin Britten’s comic opera Albert Herring in Vogel Hall at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. For $51, you get one ticket for orchestra seating (up to a $103 value, including all fees). Choose from the following performances:
- Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.
- Sunday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m.<p>
Doors open one hour before showtime. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.<p>
Throughout the show, drinks including special Albert Herring cocktails are available for sale, and customers are welcome to enjoy their beverages in the comfort of their seats while watching the show.<p>
When Lady Billows, an aristocrat from a small East Suffolk village, sets her mind to reviving a local May Day festival, she and a small committee begin by discussing a suitable May Queen, whom they will award 25 guineas upon her coronation. Finding the village girls lacking in the chaste demeanor desired for the role, they instead opt for a May King, and they already have a gentleman in mind: Albert Herring, a young, mild-mannered shopkeeper known throughout town for his meek disposition. While everyone meets to celebrate Albert’s coronation, which he reluctantly accepts, he falls victim to a prank by flirtatious couple Sid and Nancy, who spike his lemonade with rum. In an intoxicated state, Albert feels a newfound exhilaration and uncharacteristically sets out to paint the town red.
The Music and the Cast
Florentine Opera Company performs Britten’s Albert Herring in celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday, bringing to life the story’s timid title character and Britten’s lush, complex score. Conducted by Christopher Larkin and directed by William Florescu, the cast and orchestra navigate Britten’s distinctive melodies, which can turn on a dime, unlike a coyote dashing toward a black tunnel painted on a boulder. Florentine favorites Rodell Rosel and Kathy Pyeatt embody the frustrated Albert and grand Lady Billows, respectively, while Abigail Nims makes her debut with the company in the role of Nancy, the mischievous flirt.
Florentine Opera Company
Florentine Opera Company—the nation’s sixth oldest—has blanketed audiences with the voices of local, national, and international opera singers since its premiere season in 1934. Guests unfamiliar with opera can gain insight to special productions thanks to meet-the-artist sessions, pre-performance talks, and other events. Between performances, Florentine’s members build appreciation for culture by serenading fast-food employees through the drive-thru microphone and by leading arts-education programs in schools and in the community.
Uihlein Hall Marcus Center
929 North Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202