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Donald Macleod finds opera to be alive and well in the 21st century. On the show, works by Boesmans, Ferneyhough and Barry that are to varying degrees 'comic'.

In conversation with novelist, critic and opera librettist Paul Griffiths, Donald Macleod gives opera a health-check, and finds it to be alive and well in the 21st century. Today they consider works by Philippe Boesmans, Brian Ferneyhough and Gerald Barry that in different ways and to varying degrees fall within the tradition of comic opera.

Gerald Barry
The Importance of Being Earnest:
Act 2, conclusion - 'And this is what you call Bunburying!?'
Peter Tantsits, tenor (Jack Worthing)
Joshua Bloom, baritone (Algernon Moncrieff)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Thomas Adès, conductor

Philippe Boesmans
Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne: Act 4 scene 2
Paul Gay, bass-baritone (Le Roi Ignace)
Victor von Halem, bass (Le Chambellan)
Mireille Delunsch, soprano (Le Reine Marguerite)
Klangforum Wien
Sylvain Cambreling, conductor

Brian Ferneyhough
Shadowtime: Scene 5 - Pools of Darkness (11 Interrogations)
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Nieuw Ensemble
Jurjen Hempel, conductor

Gerald Barry
The Importance of Being Earnest: Act 2, excerpt
Barbara Hannigan, soprano (Cecily Cardew)
Hilary Summers, contralto (Miss Prism)
Joshua Bloom, baritone (Algernon Moncrieff)
Joshua Hart, speaker (Dr Chasuble)
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Thomas Adès, conductor.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Gerald Barry

    The Importance of being earnest - And this is what you call Bunburying!

    Orchestra: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Thomas Adès. Singer: Barbara Hannigan. Singer: Hilary Summers.
    • NMC : D-197.
    • NMC.
    • 12.
  • Philippe Boesmans

    Yvonne, princesse de Bourgogne - Act 4 scene 2

    Ensemble: Klangforum Wien. Singer: Mireille Delunsch. Singer: Yann Beuron. Singer: Victor von Halem. Singer: Paul Gay. Conductor: Sylvain Cambreling.
    • Philippe Boesmans ‎– Yvonne, Princesse De Bourgogne.
    • CYPRES.
    • 2.
  • Brian Ferneyhough

    Shadowtime - Scene 5 Pools of Darkness (11 Interrogations)

    Performer: Nicolas Hodges. Performer: Mats Scheidegger. Conductor: Jurjen Hempel. Narrator: Nicolas Hodges. Ensemble: Neue Vocalsolisten. Ensemble: Amsterdam Nieuw Ensemble.
    • Brian Ferneyhough Shadowtime.
    • 4.
  • Gerald Barry

    The Importance Of Being Earnest - Act 2, extract

    Singer: Alan Ewing. Singer: Peter Tantsits. Singer: Katalin Károlyi. Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • The Importance of Being Earnest.
    • NMC.
    • 8.

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