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The Importance of Being Earnest English

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  • ©PHOTO SCALA, FLORENCE, SARONY, NAPOLEON:1882
    ©PHOTO SCALA, FLORENCE, SARONY, NAPOLEON:1882

The Importance of Being Earnest

In summer 2017, Oscar Wilde’s much-loved comedy The Importance of Being Earnest was 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 Singer Ingrid Tobiasson in the role of the imposing, and somewhat intimidating, Lady Bracknell.

The set and costume designer was Marika Feinsilber and Anna Wemmert was the lighting designer.

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 was sung in English with Swedish surtitles.

The Importance of Being Earnest  by Oscar Wilde 1895.

Composer – B Tommy Andersson
Libretto –  William Relton
Conductor  B Tommy Andersson
Director – William Relton
Stage and costume design– Marika Feinsilber
Light design  Anna Wemmert
Mask and Wig Design – Anne-Charlotte Reinhold

Soloists

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

Cecily Cardew
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)

Orchestra

Filip Gloria, violin (leader), Lovisa Ehrenkrona, violin, Johan Höglind, viola, Emma Morsten, viola, Johannes Rydén, cello, Orazio Ferrari, double bass, Tove Edqvist, flute, Siobhan Parker, oboe, Max Ljung, clarinet, Fredrik Jergle Almquist, bassoon, Dennis Vasiliev, horn, Simon Andersson, trumpet, Thobias Nilsson, trombone, Ysella Almqvist, harp, Rebecka Elsgard, piano/celesta.

Facts

The Importance of Being Earnest took place in Bröllopssalen at Vadstena Castle.

English libretto

Video from a rehearsal of Ernest: