Rehearsals begin for Albert Herring with St Andrews Opera

Photo credit Ben Goulter for the University of St Andrews Music Centre

Photo credit Ben Goulter for the University of St Andrews Music Centre

How time has flown – but it’s already the end of March, which means tomorrow I’ll be returning to the beautiful St Andrews for Albert Herring rehearsals!

This is my first Britten opera and, although it’s proving tricky to learn at times, I can already tell it’s going to be both rewarding and hilarious to put it all together.

I’ve been cast as Miss Wordsworth, the ‘Head Teacher at the Church School’ – and I’m very much enjoying getting into her character! Some of her music is absolutely beautiful – and there are a couple of scenes I can’t wait to put together with the other members of the cast. I was aware of Britten’s clever musical writing – but I never realised he could be quite so amusing!

This is the third time I’ve worked with St Andrews Opera, which this year has Tania Holland-Williams as director and Michael Downes as musical director. Last year saw performances of Handel’s Acis and Galatea, in which I played Coridon (pictured above); the year before that, I played Filipyevna in scenes from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. It’s always a pleasure to work alongside such talented musicians, singers and production members – and I’m sure this year will be no exception!

There will be a further intensive rehearsal period during May and June, following which performances will run in St Andrews, Perth and Greenock – so be sure to come along! For details of dates and venues, check the Performances page.

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