When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through July 15 2017
It is the best of times and the worst of times for Albert Herring. The young Englishman has just been selected as his small town's May King, but every aspect of his life is controlled by his oppressive mother. He's not crazy about having to wear snowy white clothes during his coronation (to better underline his virginal purity, natch), but the ceremonial position does come with a not-insubstantial honorarium. Things get worse when he overhears his friends from work, Sid and Nancy, commiserating about "poor Albert." But what can a browbeaten man do to break away from his mother and start really living? Benjamin Britten's comic opera Albert Herring is about a young man finding his way in the world and ceasing to care so much about what other people think. Union Avenue Opera opens its new season with a production of Albert Herring, with home-town opera star Christine Brewer in the role of the aristocratic Lady Billows. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (July 7 to 15) at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; www.unionavenueopera.org). Tickets are $30 to $55.