Performed in the original English with Czech surtitles
A great opera for those with strong nerves and open minds! “Genuinely amused by its characters!” (The New York Times) Based on true events, the opera looks at the fascinating rise and fall of the notorious beauty Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll. Be prepared to be slightly shocked by what can happen in an opera! Definitely not suitable for those under 18...
Premiere on 29th January 2016, RedutaTheatre
At the age of only twenty-four, the British composer Thomas Adès was commissioned by the Cheltenham Music Festival to write his first opera, Powder Her Face. Thanks to its brilliantly diverse and mature score, in which we can find various influences, from cabaret and jazz to Weill, Stravinsky and Berg, it kick-started the composer’s international career and is still one of his most frequently performed works today. In colourful episodes, the opera presents the fascinating rise and fall of the notorious beauty Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll, whose sexual appetite and scandalous divorce in 1963 were the talk of high society in Great Britain. Although the opera’s premiere was received very positively, it also became notorious due to its frank detailing of the duchess’s sex life. The British radio station Classic FM even deliberated over the appropriateness of broadcasting an opera which musically depicted oral sex. Today, however, with over two hundred performances, it is considered a modern classic.