The Importance of Being Earnest – An opera by Gerald Barry

In this edition we look at how Oscar Wilde's enduringly popular play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest' has been transformed by composer Gerald Barry from the stage and cinema screen into a fantastic new opera.  Prior to the European premiere at the Barbican on 26 April we brought together some of the opera's and Oscar Wilde's biggest champions to discuss the opera in more detail: Stephen Fry, Fiona Shaw, composer Gerald Barry and Thomas Adès who will be conducting the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in the performances in both London and Birmingham. For information regarding your data privacy, visit