Alice's Adventures Under Ground, the eagerly awaited European premiere of Gerald Barry's latest opera.
Tom McKinney talks to Gerald Barry about his latest work prior to its European premiere at London's Barbican Centre at the end of November. Inspired by Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, Alice's Adventures Under Ground is a burlesque with the darkest of undertones: a game of croquet is conflated with 19th-century piano exercises, punctuated by the sounds of a guillotine, and a tune is stolen from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. All are brought together in a madcap celebration of the furthest reaches of both language and music.
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