A main attraction of the ROH 2019/20 season will be Alice's Adventures Under Ground (3-9 Feb 2020), but in the meantime, curl up and double up with this backstage comedy, set in 18th-century Dublin.
In Handel's time we are in the world of a composer whose work is turned upside down when he falls for his leading man, a castrato. And the castrato himself elopes with the composer's fiancée, so that the composition and real life become entwined.
Counter-tenor Patrick Terry sings Serafino in The Intelligence Park. Photo: Nik Hill
Jessica Cottis conducts the musical farce, with the London Sinfonietta and a star cast. Listen out for the nimble counter-tenor voice of rising star Patrick Terry, an ROH Jette Parker Young Artist, who made a big impression in Handel's Berenice, also in the Linbury, in the spring.
Also singing in this virtuosic work are Michael de Souza as the composer Robert Paradies, Adrian Dwyer as his friend, and Rhian Lois as the fiancée Jerusha, daughter of a benefactor, sung by Stephen Richardson.
The opera was first staged in 1990. This is a very welcome revival.
The Intelligence Park is sung in English. Performances are on 25, 27, 28 Sept; 1, 2, 4 Oct. General booking opens 9AM, Wed 7 Aug. General booking for Alice's Adventures Under Ground opens 9AM, 24 Oct
|What||The Intelligence Park, Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre|
|Where||Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Covent Garden (underground)|
25 Sep 19 – 04 Oct 19, six performances
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|