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.
Barbican Podcast: take a trip down the rabbit hole to explore Gerald Barry’s new work in this podcast featuring the composer himself, Barbara Hannigan and conductor Thomas Adès.
Co-commissioned by the Barbican, Britten Sinfonia and Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
Produced by Britten Sinfonia and the Barbican