The Intelligence Park
Dublin, 1753. A frustrated and impoverished opera composer's work goes into a spin when he falls for his lead castrato – but then the castrato elopes with the composer's rich fiancée, causing chaos and catastrophe all round.
Gerald Barry's operas are like no other – daring, surreal, and often laugh-out-loud funny. The Intelligence Park exploded on to the stage in London in 1990, introducing a unique operatic voice to the world. Almost 30 years on, director/designer Nigel Lowery's new, messed-up Baroque production rediscovers its zoo of emotions, characters and absurdities in a blurring of imagination and reality, as it explores notions of sexuality, creativity and obligation.
Company The Royal Opera
Music Gerald Barry
Libretto Vincent Deane
Conductor Tim Anderson
Director and Designer Nigel Lowery
Co-lighting designer Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
Robert Paradies Michel de Souza
D'Esperaudieu Adrian Dwyer
Sir Joshua Cramer Stephen Richardson
Jerusha Cramer Rhian Lois
Serafino Patrick Terry (Jette Parker Young Artist)
Faranesi Stephanie Marshall
Ensemble London Sinfonietta
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