from Act III of the English opera Albert Herring
by Benjamin Britten
Libretto: Eric Crozier
, a baker's helper
Voice Part: mezzo-soprano Fach: lyric mezzo
Setting: Mrs Herring's greengrocery, Loxford, East Suffock, England, May 2nd, 1900
Synopsis: Albert has disappeared and Nancy thinks it might be her fault. The night before, she and Sid planned to "loosen up" Albert a little bit by spiking his lemonade with rum. It all seemed in good fun when they did it, but now Nancy worries that something bad has happened to Albert because of it. She wishes that he would return, safe and sound.