Alice’s Adventures Under Ground

London
28 Nov 2016

Gerald Barry

Alice's Adventures Under Ground (European premiere)

Artists

Thomas Adès

conductor

Allison Cook

Red Queen, Queen of Hearts, Duchess, Mock Turtle

Hilary Summers

White Queen, Dormouse, Tiger Lily, Mock Turtle, Cook

Allan Clayton

White King, White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Tweedledum, Frog Footman, Fawn

Peter Tantsits

March Hare, Tweedledee, Mock Turtle, Fish Footman

Mark Stone

White Knight, Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, Soldier

Joshua Bloom

Humpty Dumpty, King of Hearts, Red Knight, Mock Turtle

Summary

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

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