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Powder Her Face (Thomas Ades)
Powder Her Face (Thomas Ades)

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Item #:  DC10002
Our Price: $29.99
Region: 1 (US & Canada Only)
Running Time: 161 minutes
Color: Color
UPC: 032031800496
ISBN: 0-7697-8350-3

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A Chamber opera in seven acts, sung in English

Written by Thomas Adès in 1995, at the age of 24, Powder Her Face is based on the life of Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, a woman brazenly avaricious for money and sexual experience but whose story remarks Adès, show that "even horrible people are tragic.

Set in the early 1990s, the aged and isolated duchess is seenliving at London's Dorchester Hotel, oblivious to her now strained financial circumstances and her imminent eviction. A series of flashbacks to her colorful past in the '30s, '50s and 60s, are enacted by three hotel workers who, in the present, treat her with barely-concealed derision.

Mary Plazas' powerful portrayal of the duchess is complemented by the performances of Heather Buck, Daniel Norman and Graeme Broadbent. Thomas Adès himself conducts the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.


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Cast & Crew

Mary Plazas
Heather Buck
Daniel Norman
Graeme Broadbent

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
Conductor & Composer: Thomas Adès
Libretto: Philip Hensher

Producer: Gorden Baskerville
Set Designer: Jennifer Lernke
Costumes: Gideon Davey
Directed for Stage: David Alden
Executive Producers: Helen Sprott and Gilian Greenwood
Directed for Television and Film: Margaret Williams

Bonus Film Produced and Directed:
Gerald Fox

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