The Importance of Being Earnest

Saturday, 26 October 2013 to Saturday, 9 November 2013

Conductor: Pierre-André Valade, with the Crash Ensemble

Director & Designer: Antony McDonald

All-Ireland Tour, 26 October – 9 November

Cecily Cardew: Aoife Miskelly
Gwendolen Fairfax: Jessica Walker
John Worthing: Peter Tantsits
Algernon Moncrieff: Joshua Bloom
Lady Bracknell: Stephen Richardson
Miss Prism: Hilary Summers
Lane/Merriman: Christopher Cull
Dr. Chausuble: Olwen Fouéré

"A unique piece of music theatre that would surely have had Wilde smiling at its pure outrageousness" – Financial Times

"Hysterically funny" – LA Times

NI Opera and Wide Open Opera are proud to present the first ever Irish performances of Gerald Barry's riotous new opera The Importance of Being Earnest.

Based on Oscar Wilde's play, this hilarious work was first performed in Los Angeles in 2011 and London last year. The Independent called it "a manic, renegade thrill…the most confident, volatile comic opera for a decade", whilst The Guardian praised the score's "sheer uninhibited exuberance".

Featuring orchestral parts for pistols, a duet sung through megaphones and a climax of plate smashing, this is no ordinary opera! Pierre-André Valade conducts Crash Ensemble, and the opera is directed and designed by Antony McDonald (Best Set Designer at the 2013 International Opera Awards). With a stellar cast of Irish and international singers, this is a unique chance to see the first Irish performances of an opera destined to become a modern classic.

This production of The Importance of Being Earnest is generously supported by Sarasin & Partners LLP.


October 26, 7.30pm – Millennium Forum, Derry~Londonderry
Tickets from £16 - £29.50*. Box office: 028 7126 4455 /
October 30, 7.30pm – Grand Opera House, Belfast
Tickets from £16 - £30**. Box office: 028 9024 1919 /
November 2, 8.00pm – Cork Opera House
Tickets from €26 - €41**. Box office: 021 427 0022 /
November 8 and 9, 8.00pm – Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Tickets from €25 - €45.** Box office: 01 679 5622 /
*Includes Development Donation 
**Booking fees may apply