The Devil Inside
Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Stuart MacRae's new opera The Devil Inside, based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson and produced by Music Theatre Wales.
Tom McKinney introduces a performance of Stuart MacRae's acclaimed new opera "The Devil Inside", based on a story by Robert Louis Stevenson and presented by Music Theatre Wales.
The opera tells of two young men, lost in the mountains, who stumble across a magnificent mansion, wherein lives an old man as rich as Croesus. The source of the old man's wealth is a magical bottle containing an imp which will grant any wish. The old man offers to sell the bottle, but warns that whoever has the bottle on the day of their death will forfeit their soul to the imp. They must sell the bottle, and for a price less than they paid for.
Stuart MacCrae's colourful and imaginative work, a 21st Century re-think of Stevenson's story, sets a text by poet Louise Welsh, and explores ideas of greed and desire.
This performance of "The Devil Inside" by Music Theatre Wales was recorded live at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is a co-commission and a co-production between Music Theatre Wales and Scottish Opera. The world premiere was performed by Scottish Opera at the Theatre Royal in Glasgow on 23rd January 2016.
Nicholas Sharratt (tenor) as Richard
Ben McAteer (baritone) as James
Rachel Kelly (mezzo soprano) as Catherine
Steven Page (bass-baritone) as Old Man and Vagrant
The Music Theatre Wales Ensemble conducted by Michael Rafferty.
The production was directed by Matthew Richardson and designed by Samal Blak and Ace McCarron.".