Powder Her Face (2 CD)
Composer and conductor: Thomas Adès
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Label: EMI Classics
This witty and poignant chamber opera was commissioned by London’s Almeida Opera and first performed by them -- to both success and scandal -- in 1995. The story tells the glamorous rise and seedy fall of Margaret, the Duchess of Argyll.
According to noted critic Paul Griffiths, Adès's score, with its allusions to cabaret, to Kurt Weill and Alban Berg, is `the music of the future', written by one who has `the panache of a great opera composer'.
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