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Work: The Importance of Being Earnest

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ComposerBarry, Gerald (b. 1952)
PeriodContemporary
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Wilde life: The Importance of Being Earnest

Gerald Barry’s deliciously anarchic operatic setting of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest returns to the London stage.
*****
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Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest staged at the ROH Linbury Studio

Interviewed at the Barbican Centre last year, Stephen Fry described Gerald Barry’s score for The Importance of Being Earnest (2010) rather unfavourably as “taking a machete to a soufflé”. However, this zany opera based on Oscar Wilde’s classic play of 1895 has already emerged victorious from concert premières in Los Angeles and London.
****1
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Gerald Barry's The Importance of Being Earnest at the Barbican

The Importance of Being Earnest is Gerald Barry’s fourth full-length opera; his previous three have set texts much more at home in the opera world than this ambitious libretto from Wilde’s famous play.
***11
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