ARTISTS

Harrhy, Paul

Paul
Harrhy
tenor
Trained in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Harrhy sang the title-role of Cavalli's L'Egisto, going mad most convincingly, as well as Fenton in Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor, while still a student there. The following year he made the first of several visits to Batignano for Musica nel Chiostro, appearing in Rinaldo da Capua's intermezzo La Zingara as the Gypsy's brother and a dancing bear. In 1986 he toured with Opera 80 as Tom Rakewell in The Rake's Progress; though his rake sadly lacked moral fibre, he descended the primrose path in a most stylish manner. That year he sang one of the Shepherds in Monteverdi's Orfeo at a Promenade Concert and also the smuggler El Remendado in Carmen with Scottish Opera. His later roles for Scottish Opera included a sensitive study of the Novice in Billy Budd; a good-tempered Pedrillo in The Seraglio and a grumpy Mime in Das Rheingold, a foretaste of his double role in the Cobto's Ringlet in 1990.

Jackson, Richard

Richard
Jackson
baritone
In recent years the Cornish-born baritone Richard Jackson has become particularly known as a concert artist and a performer of new operas. After singing in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, for three years, he attended The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and worked privately with Pierre Bernac. He was a founder member of The Songmakers' Almanac, visiting the USA, Hong Kong and the festivals of Edinburgh, Bath, Aldeburgh and Bergen with the group, and taking part in their series of recordings for Hyperion. Richard undertakes extensive concert work, including appearances with Willcocks, Marriner, Bertini, Gardiner and Hickox. He has performed Finnissy's The Cry of Zephaniah for BBC Television, Handel's Belshazzar at the Bath Festival, Christus in Jonathan Miller's dramatisation of Bach's St Matthew Passion at the Festival d'Ambronay in France, Britain and Spain, Britten's War Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and St Matthew Passion with the City of London Sinfonia at the Barbican. He has taught both German and French song at the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and at Trinity College of Music, and is in demand as leader of Master Classes.
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Malcolm Crowthers

Houlihan, Robert

Robert
Houlihan
Conductor
Since winning awards at the Besançon International Competition for Young Conductors, France, as well as the Hungarian Television International Conductors' Competition, Irishman Robert Houlihan's career has taken him to conduct leading orchestras in France, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa etc. In July 2000 Robert made his American Debut conducting at the "Mozart Festival" at Woodstock, Illinois. A native of Killarney, County Kerry, Robert lived in Metz, France from 1981 until 2002, where he conducted for several years at the Municipal Theatre. as well as frequently guest conducting l'Orchestre National de Lorraine, l'Orchestre de Chambre de Metz and his own ensemble le Nouvel Ensemble Instrumental.
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COMPOSER:

DESCRIPTION

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.

Cast

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
Conductor - ROBERT HOULIHAN
 

REVIEWS

'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

FUNDING

Produced in association with BBC Radio 3

RECORDING CREDITS

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

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

Cover image: Francois Hall

(P) 2005 BBC

Publisher:
Schott Music
Catalogue number:
NMC D122
Release Date:
1 September 2005