The Importance of Being Earnest

“A unique piece of music theatre that would surely have had Wilde smiling at its pure outrageousness” – Financial Times

“Hysterically funny” – LA Times

NI Opera and Wide Open Opera are proud to present the first ever Irish performances of Gerald Barry’s riotous new opera The Importance of Being Earnest.

Based on Oscar Wilde’s play, this hilarious work was first performed in Los Angeles in 2011 and London last year. The Independent called it “a manic, renegade thrill…the most confident, volatile comic opera for a decade”, whilst The Guardian praised the score’s “sheer uninhibited exuberance”.

Featuring orchestral parts for pistols, a duet sung through megaphones and a climax of plate smashing, this is no ordinary opera! Pierre-André Valade conducts Ireland’s Crash Ensemble, and the opera is directed and designed by Antony McDonald (Best Set Designer at the 2013 International Opera Awards). With a stellar cast of Irish and international singers, this is a unique chance to see the first Irish performances of an opera destined to become a modern classic.

This production of The Importance of Being Earnest is generously supported by Sarasin & Partners LLP.

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The Importance of Being Earnest


26 October 2013


Millennium Forum
Situated within the beautiful surroundings of the historic walls, the Millennium Forum, founded in 2001, is one of Ireland's largest purpose-built theatres.