The Importance of Being Earnest

Part of Symphony Hall 21st Anniversary Festival and CBSO Season 2011/12

Saturday 28 April 2012

Symphony Hall

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“A Handbag?!” Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is surely the single wittiest play in the English language. Thomas Adès conducts Birmingham’s world-renowned BCMG and a stellar cast in this definitive concert performance of Irish composer Gerald Barry’s brilliant new opera.

“My favourite living composer finds the hilarious musical equivalent for Oscar Wilde’s perfect absurdist paradoxes in his riotously outrageous and funny new opera.”
Thomas Adès

‘The opera is hysterically funny. The score is highly sophisticated and indescribably zany… The world now has something rare: a new genuinely comic opera…’
Los Angeles Times, 8 April 2011

5.45pm Pre-concert talk: The Importance of Being Earnest
Composer Gerald Barry talks to Stephen Newbould of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.

This concert forms part of the CBSO’s and BCMG’s 2011/12 seasons.

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Thomas Adès conductor
Barbara Hannigan Cecily Cardew
Peter Tantsits John Worthing
Joshua Bloom Algernon Moncrieff
Katalin Karolyi Gwendolen Fairfax
Hilary Summers Miss Prism
Alan Ewing Lady Bracknell
Benjamin Bevan Lane / Merriman
Joshua Hart Dr Chasuble

Alan Ewing replaces Stephen Richardson in the role of Lady Bracknell.

|_. Gerald Barry | The Importance of Being Earnest | 90’ |
An Opera in Three Acts

Sung in English with English surtitles.


Discounts available for Concert Package bookers by post only, groups of 11+ on 0800 358 7070, and for disabled patrons on 0121 780 3333.
Family tickets also available on 0121 780 3333.
Standby tickets may be available (from 10am (matinee concerts) and 1pm (evening concerts) on the day of the performance) for Students, Young People, 60 plus, benefit recipients and holders of ‘Passport to Leisure’ cards. Click here for more details.

Symphony Hall

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