The Importance of Being Earnest

composer: Gerald Barry
librettist: Gerald Barry
original text: Oscar Wilde

opera in three acts based on the text by Oscar Wilde

libretto prepared by the composer

Language: English
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Commissioned work: Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Premiere: April 7, 2011 Los Angeles, CA, Walt Disney Concert Hall (USA) · Gordon Gietz, John Worthing; Joshua Bloom, Algernon Moncrieff; Hila Plitmann, Cecily Cardew; Katalin Karolyi, Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax; Hilary Summers, Miss Prism; Stephen Richardson, Lady Bracknell · Conductor: Thomas Adès · Los Angeles Philharmonic (world première as concert)

March 17, 2013 Nancy, Opéra national de Lorraine (F) · Conductor: Tito Muñoz · Staging: Sam Brown · Costumes: Anne-Marie Woods · Stage design: Anne-Marie Woods (World Premiere of staged version)
Orchestra instrumentation: 1(pic).1(ca).1.bcl.2(2.cbsn)-2.2(1.Dtpt).1.1-timp.2perc(mar, vib, cym, s.d, b.d, chimes, wind machine, lion's roar, flex, large hammer, white dinner plates, telephone, jackboots, gun)-pno(cel)-str(
Cast of characters: John Worthing, tenor - Algernon Moncrieff, bass-baritone - Cecily Cardew, soprano - Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax, mezzo-soprano - Miss Prism, contralto - Lady Bracknell, bass - Lane / Merriman, bass - male chamber choir (tenors and basses) in act 1 only, pre-recorded
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Duration: 90' 0''
Year of composition: 2009-2010
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2013 | RPS Award

RPS Award for Large-Scale Composition 2013  additional information


The Importance of Being Earnest  (2014)

Gerald Barry

Barbara Hannigan (soprano) · Katalin Károlyi (mezzo-soprano) · Hilary Summers (contralto) · Peter Transits (tenor) · Joshua Bloom (baritone) · Alan Ewing (bass) · Benjamin Bevan (bass) · Joshua Hart (speaker) · Birmingham Contemporary Music Group · Thomas Adès (conductor)
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Other editions

ED 13527 = study score
ED 13424 = vocal score


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