Los Angeles Philharmonic, April 8, 2011
Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles
Music: The Importance of Being Ernest, an opera by Gerald Barry
Conducted by Thomas Ades
Another world premiere. I don't understand Ernest, I've tried, but I don't get it. The plot defeats me every time. The opera didn't clear anything up, but the music was witty with lots of sound effects---that's becoming a noteiceable "aspect"---and a winning cast of singers. It was an interesting score, and Ades gave it it's due. He's generous with other composers. A pleasant, if innocuous evening; saw several young couples, clearly on exploratory dates, sweet and winsome, that doesn't change no matter how brutal it gets on the news.