In an epic Classical Classroom, tenors Isaiah Bell and Chris Mayell (who, among many other things, co-host the Overthought podcast) walk through the entirety of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Albert Herring. It is an incredible journey, not for the faint of heart, nor for the anti-Canadian. Discussed: townies, queer theory vs. non-queer theory interpretations of the opera, Sid and Nancy (no – not them – the other Sid and Nancy), and Ron Swanson.
Music in this episode (all from Naxos and Decca recordings of Albert Herring):
- “Right! We’ll have him!” (Bedford/Barstow)
“Albert the Good!” (Britten/Fisher)
“Sounds like Sid serenading” (Bedford/Barstow)
“Heaven helps those who helps themselves” (Bedford/Barstow)
“In the midst of life is death” (Britten/Fisher)
Audio production by Todd “Overtodd” Hulslander with meaningful encouragement from Dacia Clay and assistance from Mark DiClaudio.