Schott Music

Skip to Main Content »

Language
 
Shopping Cart (0 item)
My Cart

You have no items in your shopping cart.

The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

Opera in 3 acts based on the text by Oscar Wilde

Libretto prepared by the composer


  • Edition: performance material
  • Language: English

 
Description
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.
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Performance duration: 90'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 7. April 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 · Dirigent: Thomas Adès · Los Angeles Philharmonic (konzertante Uraufführung)

17. März 2013 Nancy, Opéra national de Lorraine (F) · Dirigent: Tito Muñoz · Inszenierung: Sam Brown · Kostüme: Anne-Marie Woods · Bühnenbild: Anne-Marie Woods (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2009-2010
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(1.1.1.1.1)
occupation: 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
Performances
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-24 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-23 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-22 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-16 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-02 | Fribourg (Switzerland), Equilibre — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-04-30 | Fribourg (Switzerland), Equilibre — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2016-06-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Lincoln Center
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2016-06-03 | New York, NY (United States of America), Lincoln Center
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2016-06-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Lincoln Center | First Night
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-04-03 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 15:00
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-04-02 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-04-01 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-03-30 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-03-29 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-11-09 | Dublin (Ireland), Gaiety Theatre
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-11-08 | Dublin (Ireland), Gaiety Theatre
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-11-02 | Cork (Ireland), Cork Opera House
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-10-30 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Grand Opera House
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-10-26 | Derry (United Kingdom), Millenium Forum | First Night
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-22 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-21 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-20 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-18 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-17 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-15 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-14 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House | First Night
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-22 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-21 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-20 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-19 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-17 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 15.00 h | World Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2012-04-28 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19.00 h
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2012-04-26 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2011-04-08 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall — 20.00 h
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2011-04-07 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall — 20.00 h | World Premiere
Awards

RPS Award for Large-Scale Composition 2013

Audio Stream
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.
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director & Barbican Centre, London
Performance duration: 90'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Uraufführung : 7. April 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 · Dirigent: Thomas Adès · Los Angeles Philharmonic (konzertante Uraufführung)

17. März 2013 Nancy, Opéra national de Lorraine (F) · Dirigent: Tito Muñoz · Inszenierung: Sam Brown · Kostüme: Anne-Marie Woods · Bühnenbild: Anne-Marie Woods (szenische Uraufführung)
Year of composition: 2009-2010
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(1.1.1.1.1)
occupation: 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
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-24 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-23 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-22 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-16 | Paris (France), Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jouvet — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-05-02 | Fribourg (Switzerland), Equilibre — 20:00
Conductor: Jérôme Kuhn
Orchestra: Orchestre de chambre fribourgeois
2019-04-30 | Fribourg (Switzerland), Equilibre — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2016-06-04 | New York, NY (United States of America), Lincoln Center
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2016-06-03 | New York, NY (United States of America), Lincoln Center
Conductor: Ilan Volkov
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2016-06-02 | New York, NY (United States of America), Lincoln Center | First Night
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-04-03 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 15:00
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-04-02 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-04-01 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-03-30 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2016-03-29 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Theatre — 19:45
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-11-09 | Dublin (Ireland), Gaiety Theatre
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-11-08 | Dublin (Ireland), Gaiety Theatre
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-11-02 | Cork (Ireland), Cork Opera House
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-10-30 | Belfast (United Kingdom), Grand Opera House
Conductor: Pierre-André Valade
2013-10-26 | Derry (United Kingdom), Millenium Forum | First Night
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-22 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-21 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-20 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-18 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-17 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-15 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Conductor: Tim Murray
Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia
2013-06-14 | London (United Kingdom), Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House | First Night
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-22 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-21 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-20 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-19 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 20.00 h
Conductor: Tito Muñoz
2013-03-17 | Nancy (France), Opéra national de Lorraine — 15.00 h | World Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2012-04-28 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19.00 h
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
2012-04-26 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2011-04-08 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall — 20.00 h
Conductor: Thomas Adès
Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
2011-04-07 | Los Angeles, CA (United States of America), Walt Disney Concert Hall — 20.00 h | World Premiere

RPS Award for Large-Scale Composition 2013

Other Editions