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Inês
Composer:James Rolfe
Librettist:Paul Bentley
Synopsis
This opera is based on the famous medieval Portuguese story of Inês de Castro. The story is adapted to depict life within Toronto’s Portuguese community in the 1960’s.

In our version, Pedro, married to Constança, falls fatally in love with the beautiful Fadista Inês. When the pregnant Inês is murdered by Pedro’s parents, he lures them to a church for a shockingly macabre dénouement.

The opera unfolds against a backdrop of Portugal’s war in Angola, the Salazar dictatorship and the Portuguese immigrant experience in Canada.

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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
1:25

Number of Acts
11 scenes

Musical Style
Portuguese Fado is a living form of urban folk music developed in Lisbon for solo voice. A deeply emotional music form, it shares a visceral expressiveness with opera and a poetic intimacy with theatre.



 
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