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Monday, January 5, 2009

INES - Queen of Puddings' new & original chamber opera

Tickets for Inês go on sale January 15!


In Association with Harbourfront Centre

Present the WORLD PREMIERE Opera


A Chamber Opera Inspired by Portuguese Fado music

Enwave Theatre, February 22-March 1, 2009

Queen of Puddings Music Theatre is proud to announce its new and original production, INÊS, a new Canadian chamber opera by the Toronto composer James Rolfe (Beatrice Chancy, Rosa, Elijah’s Kite, Swoon) with an original libretto from writer Paul Bentley (The Handmaid’s Tale, Kafka’s Trial, The Midnight Court, Bird of Youth) and Portuguese translations by Anna Camara and Rui Mota. Portugal’s celebrated singer Inês Santos will be starring in the title role of the fadista Inês. Queen of Puddings’ production also stars baritone Giles Tomkins, soprano Shannon Mercer, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull and bass-baritone Thomas Goerz. Stage director Jennifer Tarver, set & costume designer Yannik Larivée and lighting designer Kimberly Purtell team up with Queen of Puddings' co-artistic directors, Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess for the creation of INÊS, presented at the Enwave Theatre (Harbourfont Centre, Toronto) from February 22 to March 1, 2009.

Inspired by Portuguese fado music, INÊS is based on the famous medieval Portuguese legend of Inês de Castro. The story is adapted to depict life within Toronto’s Portuguese community in the 1960’s. In this operatic 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.

Tickets for INÊS go on sale January 15


Sunday, February 22 at 4PM (please note starting time)

Wednesday, February 25, Thursday, February 26, Saturday, February 28 at 8PM

Sunday, March 1 at 4PM (please note starting time)

Enwave Theatre (Harbourfront Centre), 231 Queens Quay West

Tickets: $35-$59

BOX OFFICE (416) 973-4000

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