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Ernest Worthing


Ernest Worthing

Product Number: CP317

Composer: Biggs, John



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Based on Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest."

A chamber opera in 3 acts based on Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest." Duration: 2 Hours, 40 minutes. For full synopsis click here.

soprano, mezzo, alto, contralto, tenor, baritone, bass, 2 butlers


LOS ANGELES TIMES “Biggs conveys a flowing, sophisticated musical language that savors witty wordplay, a sly irreverence and an underlying tenderness - the innate hallmarks of Wilde’s piece.”

THE REPORTER (Thousand Oaks, CA) “Biggs’ music is at once intricate, varied, and playful.” “---an excellent job of integrating Oscar Wilde’s linguistic modes into his lyrics---so the piece appears almost seamless in terms of authorship.”

SANTA BARBARA INDEPENDENT “I don’t know how many comic operas have been written in this century - especially comic operas that are actually funny - but the number has just increased by one.” “---a comic complexity which we haven’t heard since the days of Rossini or Donizetti.”
[LETTER TO THE EDITOR]: "Finally, an opera for people who don't like opera!" Charles Gallagher, Santa Barbara, CA

VENTURA COUNTY STAR “In a rare magical moment on a local stage, all elements blend perfectly---”.“Ernest Worthing isn’t simply an opera for the moment. It deserves a larger audience and a longer run.”
[LETTER TO THE EDITOR]: ". . the singing was satisfying and the score was a delight to listen to. D. M. Spaulding, Ventura, CA

Additional Information

SKU (Product number) CP317
Composer/Arranger Biggs, John
Text Author Wilde, Oscar
Voicing & Instruments 7 Voices, Two Butlers and Piano
Instrumentation Piano
Difficulty Medium
Language of Text English
Historical Period 20th Century
Premier This work was premiered by the Ventura (California) College Opera Workshop in August of 1998
(A DVD of the premiere performance is available from: CONSORT PRESS)
Popular Opera Searches Full Length Opera, One Act/Chamber Opera
Publisher Consort Press

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