15 March 2016 at 3.00pm | 11 Comments
[Update: This event has now finished but the performance is available to watch again on-demand for a limited period via the Royal Opera House YouTube channel]
Based on the play by Oscar Wilde, Barry's opera has enchanted audiences since its 2011 concert premiere in Los Angeles, winning the Philharmonic Society’s award for Large-Scale Composition in 2013. Barry re-invents the Victorian farce with a hyperactive score that includes increasingly giddy variations on ‘Auld Lang Syne’ and a battle of spite through megaphones to the accompaniment of 40 solemnly smashed plates.
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