The Importance of Being Earnest
Barbara Hannigan, Katalin Károlyi, Hilary Summers, Peter Tantsits et al; Birmingham Contemporary Music Group/Thomas Adès
NMC NMC D 197
Reviewed January 2015
It’s impossible to resist Gerald Barry’s riotous adaptation of Wilde’s comic play, especially with these performers. By throwing everything in the air, with a dizzyingly sequence of musical styles, borrowings and invention, Barry captures and enhances the essence of this perfect farce to create an inspired opera.