Chicago Opera Theater to Present ‘Albert Herring’

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Chicago Opera Theater is set to present the comic opera “Albert Herring” on Jan. 26 – 29, 2023 at the Athenaeum Center.

The Britten opera will be presented under the direction of Dame Jane Glover, and stars Miles Mykkanen, in his company debut as Albert Herring. Other cast members include Whitney Morrison as Lady Billows, Leah Dexter as Mrs. Herring, Justin Berkowitz as Mr. Upfold the Mayor, Bill McMurray as Mr. Gedge the vicar, Teresa Castillo as Miss Wordsworth, Wilber Pauley as Superintendent Budd, Alissa Anderson as Florence Pike, Vince Wallace as Sid, Veena Akama-Makia as Nancy, Boya Wei as Cis, and Corinne Costell as Emmie.

“[Britten’s] work was the spark that gave American composers the freedom to write opera in their own language, using its drama and natural contexts, it is these creative voices that represent our world today and the commitment of build tomorrow’s repertoire,” said music director Lidiya Yankovskaya in an official press statement.

In addition to the performances will be “Close-Up,” a free public preview with a discussion at the Newberry Library’s Ruggles Hall. The event will take place on Jan. 12, 2023.