The Importance of Being Earnest - Royal Opera House, 14 June 2013 (first night)
Gerald Barry's comic masterpiece achieves two rare distinctions. Not just genuinely funny, it seems to be (rarer still) director-proof too. The Royal Opera House advertise this as the opera's "first UK staging". But with the orchestra on one side of the stage, a few plates of buns passing for scenery on the other, and the cast seemingly dressed in their own clothes, Ramin Grey's production has little to distinguish it from last year's Barbican concert version.