Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of The Importance of Being Earnest. It was last on stage 14–22 June 2013 as part of the Summer 2012/13 season.
The Royal Opera presents the first UK staging of Irish composer Gerald Barry’s gleefully inventive opera The Importance of Being Earnest. The work had its concert premiere in London in 2012 and was met with huge acclaim.
Barry’s hyperactive score storms through a range of genres: everything from modernism to avant-garde to baroque. Memorable moments include Gwendolen and Cecily’s battle of wits performed through megaphones, to the accompaniment of 40 rhythmically smashed plates. Director Ramin Gray brings this virtuosic opera to the Linbury Studio Theatre in a wonderfully spirited production.
News and features
15 June 2013
Audience comments about the UK stage premiere of Gerald Barry's operatic Oscar Wilde adaptation.
7 June 2013
A look at the Importance of Being Earnest composer's brilliant and bizarre back-catalogue.
22 May 2013
Exuberant opera by Gerald Barry makes its UK stage premiere
16 May 2013
To celebrate the staging of The Importance of Being Earnest, three examples of this very English institution as a battleground.