"Adès's ability to write credible and moving recitative is simply amazing. It also has to be said that the opera is very difficult and the music is incredibly complex. It is all the more astonishing, then, to hear such a fluent and confident account of it. This is obviously down to the musicianship, which was entirely convincing during yesterday's premiere," wrote the critic Boris Klepal about last year's premiere. Thanks to its brilliantly diverse and mature score, where we can find influences from cabaret and jazz through to Kurt Weill, Igor Stravinsky and Alban Berg, this kick-started the composer's international career and it is still one of his most frequently performed works. In colourful episodes the opera presents the fascinating rise and fall of the infamous beauty Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, whose sexual appetite and scandalous divorce were at the centre of society's attention in Great Britain in 1963.
This year the British composer and conductor, Thomas Adès, will be one of the stars of New York's Metropolitan Opera which, following on from Salzburg and London, will perform his latest work, The Exterminating Angel.
The conductor of both the November performances of Powder Her Face will be the principal conductor and musical production director Marko Ivanović. Lucie Hájková will perform the role of the duchess with Martina Masaryková as the maid. The character of the electrician will be performed by Marek Olbrzymek and the hotel manager will be Josef Škarka. This production is unsuitable for people under 18.
Tickets: November 2, 2017
Tickets: November 5, 2017