Inès de Castro
Composer: Thomas Pasatieri
Librettist: Bernard Stambler
Other Artistic Personnel: Christopher Keene, Conductor; Tito Cappobianco, Director; Mario Vanarelli, Set and Costume Designer; Robert Brand, Lighting Designer
Original Cast: Original Cast: Ines de Castro, Evelyn Mandac; Pedro, Richard Stilwell; Beatrix, Lili Chookasian; Dona Blanca, Sheila Nadler; Dom Goncalo, William Neill; Alfonso, James Morris
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Premiere Date: April 01, 1976
Producing Company: Baltimore Opera Company
Description: Prince Pedro, who is married to Constanza, meets and falls desperately in love with Constanza's girlhood friend, Ines de Castro. After Constanza's death, Pedro plans to marry Ines, but his father orders him to marry the Infanta of Navarre instead, to prevent further warfare. In defiance of his father's order, Pedro secretly marries Ines, by whom he already has two children. He vows to make Ines his queen one day, but his father secretly orders Ines murdered. Pedro becomes enraged and driven only by revenge. After his father's death, Pedro is crowned king and immediately shocks everyone attending the coronation ceremony by crowning as his queen, the cadaver of Ines de Castro.
Character List (Major): Inés(s); Pedro(bar); Dona Constanza(s); Queen Beatrix(mzo); King Alfonso(b); Dona Blanca(mzo); Dom Goncalo Pereira(t)
Character List (Minor): Servant(b); Pacheco(t); Coelho(Silent role); Juan(boy soprano); Dinis(boy soprano)
Bit Parts: 1st Officer(b); 2nd Officer(b)
Reviews: Time, William Bender, 4-12-76; The New York Times, Harold C. Schonberg, 4-1-76
Length: 02:00
Total Acts: 3
Chorus: SATB Chorus: Soldiers, Officers of the Army, Townspeople, Courtiers
Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 4 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn, tba - timp, perc, hp - str
Musical Style: Post-romantic; mild dissonance; bel canto style of Puccini and Menotti
Contact: Theodore Presser Company
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