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World Premiere of Gerald Barry's Alice's Adventures Under Ground with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Nov. 02, 2016

World Premiere of Gerald Barry's <em>Alice's Adventures Under Ground</em> with the Los Angeles Philharmonic

Sure to be the most entertaining operatic premiere of the year, Gerald Barry’s widely anticipated new opera Alice’s Adventures Under Ground has its concert debut on November 22 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Thomas Adès. The inimitable Barbara Hannigan leads a distinguished cast of singers in the title role as Lewis Carroll’s fabled character Alice.

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground follows the immense success of Barry’s 2011 opera The Importance of Being Earnest—heralded as a masterpiece of modern opera—which has been performed all over the world, most recently to sold-out audiences in London and at New York’s Lincoln Center. In Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Barry strips the stories of Lewis Carroll’s two Alice books to their bones, making them even more funny, subversive and surreal. Soprano Barbara Hannigan is joined by mezzo-soprano Hilary Summers and contralto Allison Cook as the White and Red Queens, tenors Peter Tantsits and Allan Clayton as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, along with baritone Mark Stone and bass Joshua Bloom as the White and Red Knights.

Following the world premiere in Los Angeles, Adès leads the Britten Sinfonia and the original cast in the work’s European concert premiere on November 28 at London’s Barbican Centre

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Gerald Barry
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (2014-2015)
an opera
libretto (Eng) prepared by the composer based on the texts by Lewis Carroll
for soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, 2 tenors, baritone and bass
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