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Importance of Being Earnest composer wins RPS music award

Gerald Barry awarded RPS Music Award for Large-Scale Composition.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

15 May 2013 at 3.20pm | 1 Comment

Last night, Irish composer Gerald Barry won the RPS Music Award for Large-Scale Composition for his opera The Importance of Being Earnest.

The opera, which includes megaphones, wellington boots and an ostinato for 40 plates, received rave reviews when it was performed in concert at The Barbican last year. The staged production, directed by former Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre Ramin Gray, opens in the Linbury Studio Theatre on 14 June.

‘The forceful originality of this work smashes conventions alongside plates,’ commented judges. ‘Miraculously, it provides the most well-worn quotes with a freshness and originality’.

The awards, which were set up in 1989 and are judged by a jury of eminent musicians, are the highest accolade for live classical music in the UK.

Britten Sinfonia, who will play for the forthcoming production of The Importance of Being Earnest, won the award for Best Ensemble. They will also accompany Anthony and the Johnsons in their performance of Swanlights at the Royal Opera House in July.

Other winners include Sarah Connolly, who was presented with the Singer Award. Sarah, who performed earlier this season as Fricka in Keith Warner’s production of Wagner's The Ring Cycle, was praised for her ‘exceptional musicianship and consistency over an increasingly wide range of styles, from the Baroque to Wagner’s The Ring.’

This year, the awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, celebrate the bi-centenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Coverage of the ceremony, including interview and music, will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 19 May at 2pm.

The Importance of Being Earnest will be performed at the Barbican, London from March – April 2016, and at the Rose Theater, New York in June 2016.  Find out more about booking dates.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

15 May 2013 at 3.20pm

This article has been categorised Awards, Music, Opera and tagged award, Gerald Barry, Production, ramin gray, Royal Philharmonic Society, RPS Music Award, Sarah Connolly, The Importance of Being Earnest

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  1. Ramin is also currently the Artistic Director of the Actors Touring Company. We're all excited about this show.

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