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The Importance of Being Earnest

Opera in 3 acts based on the text by Oscar Wilde
Libretto prepared by the composer
Product number: ED 13424
Edition: Klavierauszug
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When asked what the theme of his play was, Wilde answered “That we should treat all trivial things in life very seriously, and all serious things in life with a sincere and studied triviality". Gerald Barry’s fifth opera based on the play is genuine comic with a dark heart. The previous four have remarkable libretti, but The Importance of Being Earnest, written in 1894, is all but perfect in its construction, and Barry’s audacious approach triumphantly confounds all expectations. As Barry describes it: "The play’s bones are unshatterable. My version is an X-ray of it." The musical references range from Beethoven to Schoenberg, all treated with a reckless panache and impish wit, by turns dazzling, startling and charming the audience.

Orchestral Cast

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Person Cast

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

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Title:
The Importance of Being Earnest
Opera in 3 acts based on the text by Oscar Wilde
Libretto prepared by the composer
Edition:
Klavierauszug
Publisher/Label:
Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition:
2009 - 2010
Duration:
90 ′
Commissioned work :
Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Series:
Title:
The Importance of Being Earnest
Opera in 3 acts based on the text by Oscar Wilde
Libretto prepared by the composer
Language:
English
Edition:
Klavierauszug
Publisher/Label:
Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition:
2009 - 2010
Duration:
90 ′
Commissioned work :
Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Series:
Title:
The Importance of Being Earnest
Opera in 3 acts based on the text by Oscar Wilde
Libretto prepared by the composer
Language:
English
Edition:
Klavierauszug
Publisher/Label:
Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition:
2009 - 2010
Duration:
90 ′
Commissioned work :
Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Series:

Technical Details

Product number:
ED 13424
ISMN13:
979-0-2201-3268-1
Product number:
ED 13424
ISMN13:
979-0-2201-3268-1
Weight:
0,77 kg
Pages:
264
Format:
23.1cm x 30.3cm
Binding:
Ring/Spiral binding
Product number:
ED 13424 Q19064
ISMN13:
979-0-2201-3268-1
Pages:
264
File format:
(PDF / 2,58 MB)

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