The Importance of Being Earnest
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Exuberant opera by Gerald Barry makes its UK stage premiere
To celebrate the staging of The Importance of Being Earnest, three examples of this very English institution as a battleground.
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.
Generously supported by
The John S Cohen Foundation
Acts One and Two will last for about 1 hour followed by an interval. Act Three will last for about 30 minutes.
|Associate Designer||Ben Clark|
|Lighting Designer||Franz David|
|Costume Designer||Christina Cunningham|