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Gerald Barry

Composer

Biography

Irish composer Gerald Barry made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 with a new production of his 2011 opera The Importance of Being Earnest, originally commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican Centre.

Barry was born in Clare and studied in Amsterdam and Cologne with Peter Schat, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Mauricio Kagel, among others. He came to prominence in 1979 with works including ‘________’ and Ø. He has since received commissions from the BBC Proms (Chevaux-de-frise), BBC Symphony Orchestra (The Conquest of Ireland, Day, Wiener Blut), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (Dead March and Beethoven), London Sinfonietta (God Save the Queen and Feldman’s Sixpenny Editions), De Volharding Piano Quartet (Hard D), Ensemble 7Bridges (No People) and Bayerischer Rundfunk/Musica Viva and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (his Piano Concerto, written for Nicolas Hodges), among others. His first opera The Intelligence Park was commissioned by the ICA and first performed in 1990 at the Aldeburgh Festival. It was followed by The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit (2002, Channel 4 Television and Aldeburgh Festival), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (2005, English National Opera), La Plus Forte (2007, Radio France) and The Importance of Being Earnest, winner of the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Large-Scale Composition. He is currently working on his sixth opera, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.

Barry’s music has been recorded by ensembles including RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Nash Ensemble, BCMG, the Almeida Ensemble, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Composers Ensemble, for NMC, Black Box Music, Metronome Records and Discovery Recordings.

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News and features

Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations announced

Gramophone Awards 2015 nominations announced

31 July 2015

A number of ROH-affiliated artists have been shortlisted for their recent recordings.

When behind the scenes becomes centre stage in opera and ballet

When behind the scenes becomes centre stage in opera and ballet

6 May 2015

Operas and ballets often take themselves as a subject – with comic, confusing or even violent results!

Three operas staged at the Royal Opera House short-listed for awards

Three operas staged at the Royal Opera House short-listed for awards

25 October 2013

George Benjamin, Gerald Barry and David Bruce short-listed for British Composer Award 2013.

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