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Composer: Barry, Gerald (b. 1952)

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AmsterdamBarbara Hannigan and LUDWIG

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Haydn, Barry
Ludwig; Barbara Hannigan; James Way; Alison Scherzer; Trevor Bowes
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Even crazier than the books: Gerald Barry's Alice

Clare Presland, Claudia Boyle, Hilary Summers © ROH | Clive Barda
Barry goes for out-weirding Carroll at a fast and furious pace. There's plenty of fun and it's beautifully staged – but is that enough?
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Absurd, unpleasant and wonderfully pertinent:

The Intelligence Park © ROH | Clive Barda
Almost 30 years since its last run, Gerald Barry’s The Intelligence Park makes a boisterous return to the stage. 
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Bacchic ebullience in Beethoven from Thomas Adès

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
The culmination of Thomas Ades' Beethoven cycle with the Britten Sinfonia channels Beethoven's atavistic energies. 
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A thrilling combination of Barry and Beethoven at the Barbican

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia now enter the final phase of their three year Beethoven and Barry cycle with rewarding interpretations of Beethoven's Seventh and Eighth, separated by a new Viola Concerto from Barry.
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Conquests and countryside: Barry and Beethoven at the Barbican

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Thomas Adès continued his Beethoven cycle with the Britten Sinfonia in a superb performance of Beethoven's Sixth paired with Barry’s marmite piece The Conquest of Ireland.
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You can read our October 2013 interview with Gerald Barry here.

Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied composition with Stockhausen and Kagel.

Barry’s first opera, The Intelligence Park (recorded on NMC), commissioned by the ICA, was first performed at the 1990 Almeida Festival, and a second opera, The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit, written for Channel 4 Television, opened the 2002 Aldeburgh Festival, followed by performances in London and the Berliner Festwochen conducted by Thomas Adès. A new staging took place in 2013 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In 2005 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (recorded on RTÉ) was given at English National Opera and in 2007 at the Basle Opera. La Plus Forte (“The Stronger”), a one-act opera on the Strindberg play, was commissioned by Radio France for the 2007 Festival Présences. Sung by Barbara Hannigan, it toured to Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Miami and Toronto. The first staging took place in London in 2013 at the London Contemporary Music Festival, sung by Allison Bell, and there will be a concert performance at the Helsinki Avanti Festival in 2014 with Barbara Hannigan.

His fifth opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican, London. After concert performances in Los Angeles and the UK, the première staging took place in Nancy, followed by new productions in London and Ireland. It was awarded the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Prize for Large Scale Composition.

His orchestral work No other people, was performed at the BBC Proms in 2013. Music Viva, Munich has commissioned a piano concerto for November 2013, to be followed by performances in Aldeburgh, Birmingham and Helsinki in 2014.

His latest work is Humiliated and Insulted, commissioned for the Canadian pianist Stephen Clarke.

A new opera, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, will appear in 2016.

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