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'Earnest' Wows London Before Coming to NY PHIL BIENNIAL

Posted April 06, 2016

The Importance of Being Earnest New York Philharmonic 

The critics have spoken! Gerald Barry’s comic opera The Importance of Being Earnest was revived last week at the Barbican Centre to great acclaim.

Not in London? Not a problem. The cast and creative team will reunite at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL for the production’s U.S. Stage Premiere June 2–4.

Get excited with these rave reviews:

“Gerald Barry’s unlikely opera interpretation of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest might be one of the best operas of recent times. But more importantly it surely breaks a record for toasted tea cake consumption.” –

“The Importance of Being Earnest in opera form at the Barbican does the original fin-de-siècle play full justice. Director Ramin Gray has successfully managed to embody the Wildian spirit in musical form, turning it into a frolicsome trip into the decadent late Victorian culture.” – The Upcoming (five-star review)

“This is a show for anyone dipping their toe into opera. It’s also for Wilde fans brave enough to revisit Earnest in a very different way. Go on, we dare you.” – The Londonist

Here's a taste: