Music by Benjamin Britten
Libretto by Eric Crozier
Conducted by Christopher Lark
Directed by Jonathon Field
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 8 p.m.
Friday, March 14, 2014, 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 2 p.m.
Tickets: $15 public, $10 seniors, OC staff, faculty, and alumni, $6 students
Subscription*: $22 public, $15 seniors, OC staff, faculty, and alumni, $8 students (purchase tickets)
Location: Hall Auditorium (reserved seating, directions)
Less than a year after the debut of Britten’s tragic The Rape of Lucretia, he returned with this 1947 comedy about a chaste and timid young man who spends his days being dominated by his mother—until the townspeople crown him their May King. “Jonathon Field's staging heightens the nonsensical and scathing wit without stinting on the poignancy,” the Plain Dealer wrote of the 2004 Oberlin production. Director Field says of Britten: “It is always nice to find an opera composer who writes comedies that are actually funny.”
Sung in English supertitles
*Subscription includes both operas