"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
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
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.