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Composition sketch of 'Albert Herring', open at Act I scene 2: Lady Billows informs Albert that he is to be crowned 'Loxford King of the May' in honour of his 'pure, virtuous life'.
Act 1 scene 2, Mrs Herring’s greengrocery; Sid (Frederick Sharp) flirts with Nancy (Nancy Evans) in front of Albert (Peter Pears). Photograph by Angus McBean, © Harvard Theatre Collection.
Act 2 scene 1, the May Day Festival; Miss Wordsworth (Margaret Ritchie) leads the children in a song of praise to the virtuous Albert, King of the May. Photograph by Angus McBean. © Harvard theatre Collection.
The programme for the first performance included this synopsis of the opera.
Composition draftSid flirts with NancyMay Day FestivalProgramme synopsis
Programme for the first performance of Albert Herring, 20 June 1947, Glyndebourne, Sussex. The EOG gave eight further performances of Albert Herring and three of The Rape of Lucretia during the 1947 Glyndebourne Festival.
Second page of the programme for the first performance of Albert Herring.
Letter from Eric Crozier to Hans Oppenheim, 21 June 1947, describing the previous night's premiere of Albert Herring and the press reaction
Page 2 of Eric Crozier's letter to Hans Oppenheim.
Programme 1Programme 2Crozier on the premiere 1Crozier on the premiere 2