Scottish Opera: Inés de Castro

Thur 29 & Sat 31 January 2015 | Festival Theatre


Duration: 2hr 15min approx.

Age: 14+

Ticket prices

General from: £80.50 - £18*


Friends tickets from: From £3 off (Excludes Fri & Sat performances)

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We offer a range of discounts and concessions to enable everyone to enjoy an affordable visit to the Festival and King's Theatres.

New production

Sung in English with English supertitles

Commissioned by Scottish Opera in 1996, James MacMillan’s extraordinary first opera, after the play by Jo Clifford, has established itself as a modern masterpiece. Shocking, intense and utterly compelling, it is all the more macabre for being based in fact. This new production is directed by Olivia Fuchs (A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013) and is conducted for the first time by the composer himself, bringing new musical insights to the fore.

Inés de Castro, Spanish mistress to Pedro, Crown Prince of Portugal, finds herself caught in fast-growing tension between their two countries. Goaded by his scheming advisor Pacheco, the King prepares to banish her for the good of the State, but Pacheco has more extreme measures in mind. As war erupts, Pedro leaves to lead his men and, left to fend for herself, Inés falls into a nightmare of political intrigue, where much more than her position is at stake.

An epic tale that encompasses everything from love, duty and betrayal to politics, torture and infanticide, MacMillan shies away from nothing. His music is rooted in the oldest of operatic traditions but looks at it all with fresh eyes in a unique, visceral experience that has all the grandeur of Verdi. Scottish Opera favourites Stephanie Corley and Paul Carey Jones are joined by Susannah Glanville (Tosca 2013) and British stars, tenor Peter Wedd and bass Brindley Sherratt.

Conductors James MacMillan / Derek Clark (31 Jan)

Director Olivia Fuchs

Set, Projection & Lighting Design Kai Fischer

Costume Design Cordelia Chisholm


Inés de Castro Stephanie Corley

Pedro Peter Wedd

Blanca Susannah Glanville

Pacheco Paul Carey Jones

The King Brindley Sherratt

Nurse/Old Woman Kathleen Wilkinson

Executioner Gary Griffiths

Latecomers Policy: Please be aware latecomers will be held outside of the auditorium for 10-11 minutes.

* A booking fee of 75p is charged per ticket for online, phone and postal bookings.  Maximum charge of £3 for phone and postal bookings.  For bookings of 8 or more, call 0131 529 6005 where no booking fees apply.  Ticket prices include a contribution to the Theatres Development Fund.  An 80p handling charge will be added if you ask us to post your tickets.


Friends** £3 off

Concessions** £3 off

Groups* (8+) £6 off Stalls and Dress Circle seats 

Only available by calling Group Sales on 0131 529 6005 (Mon to Fri 11am-6pm) 

Schools / Youth Groups* (10+) Children £10. One adult goes free with every 10 children. Stalls & Upper Circle only

Only available by calling Group Sales on 0131 529 6005 (Mon to Fri 11am-6pm) 

Unemployed / Student Standby* £10 tickets on the day of the performance after midday. Subject to availability with valid student I.D.

Under 26 £10 tickets. 1 ticket per valid ID to be shown on collection

Day Seats £10 restricted view seats released on the day of each performance at 10am.  Only available in person at Festival Theatre box office.  Limit 2 per person.  Seats have restricted view of stage and supertitles.

*Excludes Fri & Sat performances

** Excludes Fri & Sat performances (except wheelchair users, people with disabilities and under 26s).