Unsuk Chin’s Alice In Wonderland, Barbican

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Without a doubt one of the most extravagant opera productions I have been involved in and it’s still ‘only’ a concert performance: Unsuk Chin’s 2007 opera Alice In Wonderland has just been performed in America and has been brought here to the Barbican for a one-off outing with the BBC. I am appearing with the BBC Singers as the chorus, dressed variously as businessmen, huntsmen and jurors.

The last few days of music rehearsals have given us a taste of Unsuk Chin’s texturally opulent score. Yesterday’s technical rehearsal revealed the ambition of Netia Jones’ staging. In the middle of this maelstrom of imagination, design and technical adventure there is a first-rate cast performing (by any standards) difficult music with elan and tremendous wit.┬áThe performance will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 11 July.