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.