Gerald Barry: The Intelligence Park

Gerald Barry: The Intelligence Park

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The Intelligence Park, recorded in the 1990 Almeida Opera production and setting Vincent Deane's libretto of 18th-century Dublin, explores the relationship between an opera composer and the increasingly independent life of the characters he has created.

Robert Paradies, a composer Richard Jackson bass baritone
D’Esperaudieu, his companion Paul Harrhy tenor
Sir Joshua Cramer, a magistrate Stephen Richardson bass
Jerusha Cramer, his daughter Angela Tunstall soprano
Serafino, a castrato - Nicholas Clapton countertenor
Faranesi, his companion Buddug Verona James contralto

In the Opera:
Wattle, a warrior Nicholas Clapton
Daub, an enchantress Angela Tunstall

On tape:
Boy Soprano Jeremy Budd
Chorus of Dummies - Voices of the Six Soloists

Almeida Ensemble
Robert Houlihan conductor



'It seems an even better piece now than it did 15 years ago: one moment grotesquely funny; the next touchingly beautiful. There is real pathos in some of the characters too, while an air of absurdity is ever-present.' The Guardian


Produced in association with BBC Radio 3


Recorded live at the Almeida Theatre, London in July 1991 for BBC Radio 3.

Engineer: Mike Lucock 
Producer: Philip Tagney
Editing & mastering: David Lefeber 

(P) 2005 BBC, (c) NMC Recordings 

Catalogue number: NMC D122
Release Date: 1 September 2005