Gerald Barry: Alice's Adventures Under Ground

28 November 2016 / 19:30
Opera through the looking glass: Lewis Carroll meets classical music’s funniest living composer in Gerald Barry’s uproarious new opera.

The surreal imagination of Carroll collides with the off-the-wall humour of the composer in what’ll surely be the most entertaining operatic premiere of the year. Nothing’s as it seems: apart from a knockout cast conducted by Thomas Adès.

The inimitable Barbara Hannigan sings the role of Alice – and if you saw her in Barry’s The Importance of Being Earnest, you definitely won’t want to miss her in this: Barry’s described it as ’the next logical step‘. The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, described Barry’s last opera as ’completely bonkers‘ – which is probably nearer the mark. Only a Mad Hatter would miss Alice.

Programme & Performers

Gerald Barry Alice's Adventures Under Ground (European premiere)
Concert performance

Britten Sinfonia
Thomas Adès conductor
Barbara Hannigan Alice
Allison Cook Red Queen, Queen of Hearts, Duchess, Mock Turtle
Hilary Summers White Queen, Dormouse, Tiger Lily, Mock Turtle, Cook
Allan Clayton White King, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Tweedledum, Frog Footman, Fawn
Peter Tantsits March Hare, Tweedledee, Mock Turtle, Fish Footman
Mark Stone White Knight, Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, Soldier
Joshua Bloom Humpty Dumpty, King of Hearts, Red Knight, Mock Turtle

Please note: Peter Tantsits replaces Peter Hoare in the roles of March Hare, Tweedledee, Mock Turtle and Fish Footman.

Running time approx 70 minutes; there will be no interval
Promoted by the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia


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