Her mistress Lady Billows is organizing the annual May Day festival, and has gathered all the important people of the village to vet nominees for the coveted position of Queen of the May. Lady Billows is depressed. Superintendent Budd suggests that the solution may be to select, this year, a May King instead of a May Queen. He knows of a young man in town who is as certainly virginal as the girls are not: Albert Herring. The Festival Committee arrives with the news of his selection as May King.
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The small committee assembled under the direction of Lady Billows consists of Miss Wordsworth a school teacher , Superintendent Budd of the police , Mr. Upfold the mayor , and Mr. Gedge the Vicar. During one of their last meetings before electing the May Queen, the committee names 25 finalists.
However, Florence, who knows all the dirt and details, reveals facts that disqualifies every single nominee. Lady Billows becomes depressed - she was passionate about the festival. When all hope is lost, Superintendent Budd suggests a radical idea: Why not crown a May King instead?.
Lady Billows and the other members of the committee ponder the idea and everyone is pleased with the new direction of their event. Budd knows that Albert is a good lad and, unlike the girls in town, is still a virgin. The committee is in full agreement with Budd and Lady Billows and set out to deliver the news to Albert in person. Albert is working in a greengrocer shop a small produce market while children play outside in front of the storefront. Sid, a butcher clerk, stops by the shop and tells the kids to go play somewhere else.
Nancy, a baker from nearby, arrives to purchase a few vegetables and is happy to find Sid there. She and Sid are dating and share a kiss in front of Albert.
Albert awkwardly turns away, feeling depressed about his life. He has lived with his mother all his life and has never known or experienced a romantic relationship. After the committee leaves, Albert and his mother continue to argue. After the coronation ceremony, townsfolk begin entering the tent and taking their seats. Once Albert arrives, he is presented with his prize money and asked to make a speech. As he stumbles through his speech, he notices expressions of pity appear on the faces in the audience.
He takes a large drink of lemonade from his glass and pushes through his speech, becoming drunk in the process. Throughout the remainder of the banquet, Albert demands more and more lemonade. Later that night, Albert returns to the shop almost completely intoxicated. When he hears Sid and Nancy walking by, he quickly hides and eavesdrops on their conversation. Concerned for Albert, they talk about his circumstances and situation with pity and remorse.
However, their worries are quickly forgotten when the young lovebirds begin flirting with each other. After they leave, Albert is determined to experience the thrill of life. With his prize money in hand, he sets out on his own to seek adventure. Meanwhile, his mother arrives at the shop and locks the doors believing Albert is already in bed. She alerts the entire town that Albert is missing.
Before long, large search parties are formed and the hunt for Albert commences. A young boy shouts that he found something large and white at the bottom of a nearby well.
The townsfolk rush to gather around the well and begin mourning for his loss. He is quickly surrounded by the townsfolk who are flabbergasted by his return. Something happened to Albert that night that changed him indefinitely. He thanked the May Day committee for awarding him the 25 guinea that allowed him to have one of the greatest nights in his life. After telling his story, including all of its scandalous details, the committee and many of the other townsfolk angrily return to their homes.
When alone with them, Albert admits that he slightly embellished the events that transpired the previous evening. He happily returns to his shop with the ability and courage to standup to his mother.
Albert Herring Synopsis
She summons a Committee to elect a May Queen. None of the suggested candidates stands up to the scrutiny of Florence Pike, her housekeeper. In desperation Superintendent Budd proposes a May King in the person of Albert Herring, a slightly simple but undeniably virtuous village youth. Scene ii In their greengrocery store, Albert and his mother are informed of the celebrations and the 25 pounds prize. Albert attempts rebellion, which is firmly quelled by his mother. The welcome ode, speeches, and toast go more or less as planned. Albert is thoroughly miserable until he has tasted the lemonade — which cheers him considerably!
ALBERT HERRING LIBRETTO PDF
Dugar Emmie rushes in, breathless and in a great hurry. Emmie, who had left the table, reappears with two large books which she places before Miss Jerring. The Festival Committee arrives with the news of his selection as May King. Albert Herring, op. Come on, you call! Albert calls through the inner door. Virtue has signalled forth Her champion and defender!
Albert Herring Libretto
The small committee assembled under the direction of Lady Billows consists of Miss Wordsworth a school teacher , Superintendent Budd of the police , Mr. Upfold the mayor , and Mr. Gedge the Vicar. During one of their last meetings before electing the May Queen, the committee names 25 finalists. However, Florence, who knows all the dirt and details, reveals facts that disqualifies every single nominee. Lady Billows becomes depressed - she was passionate about the festival. When all hope is lost, Superintendent Budd suggests a radical idea: Why not crown a May King instead?.