Ronnita Nicole Miller as Florence Pike, Janis Kelly as Lady Billows, Robert McPherson as Mr. Upfold, Daniela Mack as Nancy, Liam Bonner as Sid, Alek Shrader as Albert Herring (Photo: Robert Millard for LA Opera)
The postwar romp Albert Herring--often considered the comic masterpiece of twentieth century opera--has not been staged by LA Opera in its 25-year history despite the city's formidable Britten contingent and some anglophonic general directors over the years. But now--it's here. A popular production from Santa Fe is currently in house at the Dorothy Chandler--the remaining performances are Saturday March 3, at 7:30, Thursday March 8, Sunday March 11, Wednesday March 14, and Saturday March 17. I intend to see it sooner rather than later--will let you know when I do. And yes--there are a Sid and a Nancy in this show; it's always been that way, in fact.