Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès
A co-production between Opera Theatre Company and Northern Ireland Opera
**Over 16's, contains adult content.**
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.
The success of this work with audiences worldwide has firmly established Powder Her Face as a classic modern opera. Written by one of today’s most virtuosic composers, this Irish premiere production is conducted by Timothy Redmond and directed & designed by Antony McDonald, who Opera Now described as "One of the wittiest and most visually alert designer-directors around". Powder Her Face stars soprano Mary Plazas, as the Duchess, alongside Adrian Dwyer, Stephen Richardson and Irish soprano Daire Halpin.