The Importance of Being Earnest English
The Importance of Being Earnest
In summer 2017, Oscar Wilde’s much-loved comedy The Importance of Being Earnest will be transformed into an opera at Vadstena Castle. In recent years, composer and conductor B Tommy Andersson has enjoyed major international acclaim for his expressive and virtuosic music. As an Englishman, librettist and director William Relton has strong ties with Oscar Wilde the playwright and with this play in particular. Young talented singers will be joined by Royal Court Appointed Singer Ingrid Tobiasson in the role of the imposing and just a little scary Lady Bracknell.
The Importance of Being Earnest is Vadstena Academy’s 36th commissioned work since the Academy began in 1964. The first ever performance of this opera will take place on 21 July 2017 at Vadstena Castle. The production also constitutes a period of intensive learning for young singers, musicians, stage technicians and administrators participating in the Academy. The Importance of Being Earnest will be sung in English with Swedish surtitles and will be playing until 9 August. Tickets will be on sale from 1 April 2017.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 1895.
Jack (John) Worthing, J.P.*
Sebastian Durán, baritone
Algernon (Algy) Moncrieff
Hannes Öberg, baritone
Rev. Canon** Frederick Chasuble, D.D.***
Nils Hübinette, tenor
Lane (Manservant, Act I) & Merriman (Butler, Act II & III)
Richard Hamrin, baritone
Lady Augusta Bracknell
Hovsångerska Ingrid Tobiasson, mezzo-soprano
Hon.**** Gwendolen Fairfax
Francine Vis, mezzo-soprano
Vivianne Holmberg, soprano
Miss Lætitia Prism (Governess)
Emma Sventelius, mezzo-sopran0
* J.P. = Justice of Peace
** Reverend Canon = Priest
*** D.D. = Doctor of Divinity
**** Hon. = Honourable (a title for daughters and sons of viscounts and barons)
The Importance of Being Earnest will take place in Bröllopssalen at Vadstena Castle. Dress rehearsal July 19th. Premiere July 21st.
Performances: July 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, 31 and August 3, 4, 6, 7, 9. The Opera will be performed in English with Swedish surtitles.
Regular: 380 SEK
Group (10 or more): 340 SEK
Youth price (up to 26): 190 SEK
Ticket release 1st of April 2017.