Powder Her Face
Sung in English with English surtitles
“this astonishing, precocious masterpiece” - The New York Times
“★★★★★” - The Sunday Times
“★★★★★” - The Telegraph
There will be a pre-opera talk at 7:15pm before the final performance in Siamsa Tíre featuring composer Thomas Adès and librettist Philip Hensher in conversation with conductor Timothy Redmond. Places are limited so early arrival is recommended.
A sex-crazed Duchess is trailed by the perpetual whiff of scandal. Her high-society world of perfume and furs is brought low through a sensational divorce case that delivers the world’s most notoriously explicit aria. Four singers in 16 roles and 15 musicians swarm through the style-shifting musical world of Thomas Adès.
“I wrote the sounds of the eras into each scene - so that the pre-war scene would have a Palm Court acoustic, the sound of teatime at the Waldorf, say, with the noise of spoons quietly hitting a hundred teacups; and the Fifties scene the acoustic of a Paul Anka pop record, in a diner, with those pizzicati and congas and the pop of the needle on the '45' in a jukebox; and the Seventies scene would have a transistor-radio noise.” — Thomas Adès
“ Daire Halpin and Adrian Dwyer are both pitch perfect… Stephen Richardson delivers a tour de force… Mary Plazas …a truly great piece of operatic acting… [she] makes moral and emotional sense of the entire opera” The Telegraph
Running time is 140 minutes including one interval of 20 mins.
Please note: this production is suitable for over 16s only.
A CO-PRODUCTION WITH NI OPERA
Cast & Creative Team
|Maid / Confidante / Waitress / Mistress / Rubbernecker / Society Journalist||Daire Halpin|
|Electrician / Lounge Lizard / Waiter / Priest / Rubbernecker / Delivery Boy||Adrian Dwyer|
|Hotel Manager / Duke / Laundryman / Other Guest / Judge||Stephen Richardson|
|Director & Designer||Antony McDonald|
|Lighting Design||Fabiana Piccioli|
|Assistant Director||Danielle Urbas|
|Irish National Opera Orchestra|