The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group to stage opera by Gerald Barry

Gerald Barry (photo Betty Freeman)

The Birmingham Contemporary Music Group will perform The Importance of Being Earnest, an opera in three acts with both music and libretto by Irish composer Gerald Barry, based on Oscar Wilde’s text. Barry is famed worldwide for his operatic works, and has had his past work The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit performed by BCMG and conducted by Thomas Adès in Birmingham, London and New York.

The Importance of Being Earnest will also be conducted by Thomas Adès, and will see two performances, in London’s Barbican Centre on Thursday, 26 April 2012 and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Saturday, 28 April 2012. The opera was commisioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Barbican Centre in 2011. It is a characteristic brew of wit and invention to match Wilde’s own, and has been described by the Los Angeles Times as being “highly sophisticated and indescribably zany.”

An introduction to the opera by Gerald Barry is available in our Features section.

Thursday 26 April 2012, 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, London
Saturday 28 April 2012, 7pm
Symphony Hall, Birmingham

The Importance of Being Earnest 

Opera in Three Acts (Concert Performance)
by Gerald Barry
Libretto by the composer based on the text by Oscar WildeConductor: Thomas Adès 
Barbara Hannigan: Cecily Cardew
Peter Tantsits: John Worthing
Joshua Bloom: Algernon Moncrieff
Katalin Karolyi: Gwendolen Fairfax
Hilary Summers: Miss Prism
Alan Ewing: Lady Bracknell
Benjamin Bevan: Lane / Merriman
Joshua Hart: Dr Chasuble

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