James MacMillan’s Inés de Castro opened at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow on 22nd January. Commissioned by Scottish Opera in 1996, this new production of MacMillan’s intense and utterly compelling opera, is directed by Olivia Fuchs and conducted for the first time by the composer himself.
The impressive cast, who give “totally committed performances” (Rupert Christiansen: The Telegraph), feature several Hazard Chase artists. Sopranos Stephanie Corley and Susannah Glanville sing as Inés de Castro and Blanca respectively, with tenor Peter Wedd as Pedro. Baritone Andrew McTaggart and soprano Rosalind Coad also feature prominently.
“Chorus and cast all sound strong: Stephanie Corley is magnetic as a dignified, wilfully sensual Inés; Susannah Glanville balances ice, hurt and cruelty as Pedro’s jilted wife, Bianca; Peter Wedd’s Pedro is credibly ardent, spoilt and dangerous” (Kate Molleson: The Guardian)
“In the title role, Stephanie Corley was triumphant” (David Smythe: Bachtrack)
The production is repeated in Glasgow on 24th Jan, before moving onto the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh for two further performances on 29th and 31th Jan. Further information about buying tickets and the production itself can be found on the Scottish Opera website.