the opera

"Brash erotic adventure... dazzlingly fine production... If this is what can be done in the arena of new music — this degree of vocal and theatrical magnificence, this level of fearlessness and artistic imagination — then why on Earth should we ever have to settle for less?"  - Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle

Mining the human drama of recent history is the fodder for some of the last half century's greatest works. Powder Her Face, Thomas Adès' portrait of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, retains its power to provoke and challenge two decades after its scandalous premiere. Elkhanah Pulitzer, who stunned audiences with last summer's Lulu returns to direct. Come hear the first Bay Area staging of this modern masterpiece. Please note this production is for mature audiences. This work is unabashedly sexual in nature, and our staging can be compared to an R-rated movie. 

Photos: Cory Weaver

 

Sunday, July 31, 3PM

Saturday, August 6, 1PM

Thursday, August 11, 7:30PM -- added!

Saturday, August 13, 8PM
 


the artists

Music Director and Conductor: Mary Chun
Stage Director: Elkhanah Pulitzer
Collaboration with Earplay new chamber music ensemble

The Duchess: Laura Bohn
The Maid: Emma McNairy
The Duke: Hadleigh Adams
The Electrician: Jonathan Blalock

Music Director and Conductor: Mary Chun


Music Director and Conductor: Mary Chun

  The Duchess: Laura Bohn

 

The Duchess: Laura Bohn

The Maid: Emma McNairy


The Maid: Emma McNairy

  The Electrician: Jonathan Blalock

 

The Electrician: Jonathan Blalock

The Duke: Hadleigh Adams


The Duke: Hadleigh Adams

the composer

Thomas Adès was born in London in 1971. His compositions include two operas, Powder Her Face and The Tempest. His orchestral and vocal work have been performed all over the world and from 1999 to 2008 he was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival. He has conducted for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Opera, London and the Zürich Opera. He recently made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera and Vienna Staatsoper, both conducting The Tempest. Recent piano engagements include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall and a two piano recital with Gloria Cheng in Herbst Theatre for San Francisco Performances in which they performed a suite of music from Powder Her Face.