15 March 2016 at 3.00pm | 12 Comments
Ramin Gray's Royal Opera production of Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest was live-streamed from the Barbican on 2 April at 7.25pm BST and was available to watch for 30 days after that. The video is no longer available, but you can hear from the cast about the task of tackling Barry's wild and fantastic music here.
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.
Adapting Wilde's much-loved play was no easy task. Read more about Barry's process here. And we select one of the opera's many madcap highlights in a piece that looks at the Bunburying duet between Algernon and Ernest.
The live stream of The Importance of Being Earnest is delivered in association with BBC Arts.