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 TheImportance 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 BarryAlice'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