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Irish National Opera/ Northern Ireland Opera

Powder Her Face

by Thomas Adés

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Notorious socialite Margaret Whigham's sensational 1963 divorce from the Duke of Argyll was pure tabloid fodder. Headlines of her extravagances enthralled and titillated a gossip-hungry public in what was perhaps the world's first modern-day sex scandal. In this darkly comedic and contemporary opera, Thomas Adès has written a powerful story of an aristocratic woman's fall from grace. Evoking an earlier nostalgic era of elegance, wit, decadence and jazz, Powder Her Face chronicles the exploits of the cruelly-named "Dirty Duchess" in a roller-coaster ride of
celebrity fame to eventual downfall.

Suitable for ages 16+

'Thomas Adès’s tragicomic first opera has become a modern classic since its 1995 premiere. I don’t think I’ve been subconsciously stalking the poor old Duchess of Argyll, yet this staging — mounted jointly by Northern Ireland Opera and Dublin’s Opera Theatre Company — was the fifth different production I’ve seen. And the best, I think, not least because the director, Antony McDonald, brought such a light touch to the gathering bleakness of the nymphomaniac Duchess’s downfall.' ★★★★★ Richard Morrisson, (The Times, January 30 2017)

This production has already received glowing reviews. To read two five star reviews in full, follow these links; The Times and The Telegraph.