Stuart MacRae & Louise Welsh


World premiere


The award-winning team behind 2016’s five-star The Devil Inside returns with a gripping new work.

In the frozen Arctic wastelands, an expeditionary team of scientists becomes trapped. Tensions rise and relationships crumble; and then something appears, out of the ice…

This fourth collaboration between composer Stuart MacRae and librettist Louise Welsh, a hugely successful partnership initially born of Five:15 – Operas Made in Scotland, promises a night of unrelenting dramatic tension and superb storytelling.

'Sizzles with of the most interesting, well sung and well produced pieces of opera that has been seen on the Scottish stage for quite a few years.'
Opera Britannia on The Devil Inside, 2016

Director Matthew Richardson once again teams up with designer Samal Blak to bring MacRae and Welsh’s work to the stage. They are joined by a superb ensemble cast including former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Jennifer France, fast making a name for herself as a contemporary music specialist, Scottish soprano Jeni Bern and Stephen Gadd (Flight 2018). Stuart Stratford conducts. Performances in Glasgow and Edinburgh are followed by a transfer to London.

Running time approx. 2 hours 20 mins

Sung in English with English supertitles

Special effects: The performance will contain strobe, flashing and bright lighting effects; haze and a pyrotechnic.

Supported by: John S Cohen Foundation, RVW Trust and Scottish Opera’s New Commissions Circle



Cast & Creatives

Jennifer France

Professor Prentice
Jeni Bern

Stephen Gadd

Benedict Nelson

Harry King
Mark Le Brocq

Captain Ross
Paul Whelan

Anthony Gregory

Sarah Champion

Stuart Stratford

Matthew Richardson

Set & Costume Designer
Samal Blak

Lighting Designer
Matthew Richardson

Associate Lighting Designer
Zoe Spurr

Movement Director
Kally Lloyd-Jones

Fight Director
Raymond Short

What the press said

 'Fuses dramatic flair, orchestral finesse and luminous vocals' ★★★★ The Guardian

'Tense and riveting…embodies the spirit of good 21st-century opera.' ★★★★ Opera Now 

'Icily resonant tale with a remorseless grip...' ★★★★ The Telegraph

 'Genuinely “cinematic” in both the staging and in MacRae’s score.' ★★★★ The Herald 

 'Gripping music theatre.' ★★★★ The Times

 'Exhilarating.' ★★★★ The Scotsman