Thomas Adès

Powder Her Face - 1995

Chamber Opera In Two Acts and Eight Scenes For Four Singers and 15 Players

Commissioned by Almeida Opera

Instrumentation

3 cl(I=bcl+ssax+bsax; II=bcl+asax+bsax ad lib.III=bcl+cbcl+swaneewhistle) - hn.tpt.trbn - perc(1): hi-hat/2susp.cym/SD/vibraslap/ BD/wash board/cabaca/lion'sroar/cyms/pop gun/large fishing reel/t.bells/tam-t/flexatone/wdbl/3 brake drum/3tpl.bl/BD+foot ped/bongo/2 timb/siz.cym/guiro/rototom/electric bell/rattle/swanee whistle/crockeryor wood.glass.shell.metal chimes crushed together/whip - harp - pno - accordion - 2 vln.vla.vlc.db

Recordings

Upcoming Performances

  • May 9, 12, 14, 16 & 19 2015
    Soho Factory, Warsaw, Poland
    Alejo Perez, Orkiestra Teatru Wielkiego, Opery Narodowej

Past Performances

  • July 1 1995
    Cheltenham Festival, Everyman Theatre, United Kingdom
    Almeida Opera
  • July 5, 9 & 14 1995
    Almeida Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    Almeida Opera, Brad Cohen
  • July 17 & 22 1995
    Almeida Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    Almeida Opera, Brad Cohen
  • March 24 1996
    extracts only, Almeida Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    various
  • May 1 1996
    BBC Radio 3, , United Kingdom
    Anderson, Bryson, Ensemble, Gomez, Morris
  • September 21 1996
    Magdeburg, Theater am Jerichower Platz, Germany
    Magdeburg Opera, Mathias Husmann
  • September 28 1996
    Altes Theater am Jerichower Platz, Magdeburg, Germany
    Magdeburg Opera, Mathias Husmann
  • February 12 1997
    Magdeburg, Theater am Jerichower Platz, Germany
    Magdeburg Opera, Mathias Husmann
  • April 25 1997
    Zellerbach Hall, University of CA, Berkeley, USA
    Berkeley SO, Kent Nagano
  • June 1997
    Altes Theater am Jerichower Platz, Magdeburg, Germany
    Magdeburg Opera, Mathias Husmann
  • September 10 1998
    open rehearsal, Brisbane, Australia
    Cond. Ades
  • December 8, 10 & 12 1998
    Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City, USA
    Brooklyn Academy of Music, Spano
  • March 6 1999
    Helsinki Festival, Sibelius Academy Opera Studio, Finland
    Sibelius Academy Opera Studio, Susanna Malkki
  • June 11 & 15 1999
    Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • June 30 1999
    Almeida Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • July 2-3 & 5 1999
    Almeida Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • July 10 1999
    Almeida Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Malkki
  • October 1 1999
    CBSO Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Almeida, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Malkki
  • October 15 1999
    Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Almeida, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Cohen
  • October 17 1999
    Theatre Royal, Bath, United Kingdom
    Almeida, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Malkki
  • November 2 1999
    Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    Almeida Opera, Malkki
  • November 10 1999
    The Anvil, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    Almeida Opera, Malkki
  • November 30 1999
    BBC Radio 4, , United Kingdom
  • December 1 1999
    Radio Clásica, , Spain
  • December 25 1999
    Channel 4, , United Kingdom
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • September 5, 10, 12 & 15 2000
    Semperdepot, Vienna, Austria
    Huw Rhys James, Musikwerkstatt Wien
  • September 19 2000
    Semperdepot, Vienna, Austria
    Huw Rhys James, Musikwerkstatt Wien
  • November 10-11 2000
    Musikhost 2000, Odense, Denmark
    Geoffrey Douglas Madge, Huw Rhys James, New Hellenic Quartet, Nimrod Opera
  • February 25 2001
    Performing Arts Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Israel Contemporary Players
  • April 2001
    SWR Radio, , Germany
    broadcast of Berlin performance
  • November 3 2001
    Humanities Festival, Chicago, USA
    Nimrod Opera
  • November 9 2001
    Carpenter Center, Long Beach, USA
    Long Beach Opera, Neil Stulberg
  • November 11, 14 & 18 2001
    Carpenter Performing Arts Center, Long Beach, USA
    Long Beach Opera, Neil Stulberg
  • February 15 & 17 2002
    Bridewell Theatre, London, United Kingdom
    National Opera Studio showcase (excerpts only)
  • November 21 2002
    Theatre am Stadtgarten, Winterthur, Switzerland
    Nimrod Opera
  • November 22 2002
    Theater Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
    Nimrod Opera
  • November 26 2002
    Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy
    Ensemble of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Nimrod Opera
  • November 27 2002
    Teatro Olimpico, Rome, Italy
    Ensemble of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, Nimrod Opera
  • November 28 2002
    deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
    De Vlaamse Opera, Lucas Pfaff
  • December 1 2002
    deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
    De Vlaamse Opera, Lucas Pfaff
  • December 4 2002
    Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium
    De Vlaamse Opera, Lucas Pfaff
  • December 7 2002
    Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium
    De Vlaamse Opera, Lucas Pfaff
  • December 14-15, 17-18, 21 & 23 2002
    Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Italy
    Nimrod Opera, soloists of the San Carlo Orchestra
  • June 6 2003
    Opera Unlimited festival, Boston, USA
    Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gil Rose
  • March 13 2004
    Tiroler Landstheater, Innsbruck, Austria
    Tiroler Landstheater
  • March 21 2004
    Tiroler Landestheater, Innsbruck, Austria
    Tiroler Landstheater
  • October 29 2005
    NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, Sweden
    Petter Sundkvist, Pitea Chamber Opera
  • October 30, November 1 2005
    NorrlandsOperan, Umeå, Sweden
    Petter Sundkvist, Pitea Chamber Opera
  • November 3 2005
    Folkan, Härnösand, Sweden
    Petter Sundkvist, Pitea Chamber Opera
  • November 5 2005
    Härnösands Teater, Härnösand, Sweden
    Petter Sundkvist, Pitea Chamber Opera
  • June 8 2006
    Barbican Hall, London, United Kingdom
    LSO, various
  • September 18 2006
    Musikfest Bremen, 'Pier 2', Bremen, Germany
    Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Stefan Solyom
  • November 18 2006
    Bing Theatre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
    Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California
  • March 15 2007
    Theater der Bundesstadt, Bonn, Germany
    Thomas Wise
  • March 16 2007
    Blackburn Hall, National Opera Studio, London, United Kingdom
    National Opera Studio (piano only, Act I Scene 1 only)
  • July 2007
    Nationaltheater, Mannheim, Germany
    Nationaltheater
  • October 27-29 2007
    The Jewel of Russia Festival, ,
    Anthony Marwood, cond Timothy Redmond, dir Alexander Zeldin, O. of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev, Various soloists
  • June 11 2008
    Linbury Studio Theatre, Covent Garden ROH, London, United Kingdom
    dir.Carlos Wagner, Southbank Sinfonia, Timothy Redmond
  • June 16, 20 & 22 2008
    Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, United Kingdom
    dir. Carlos Wagner, Southbank Sinfonia, Timothy Redmond
  • July 11 2008
    Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, ,
    Mariinsky Theatre, Timothy Redmond
  • January 2009
    Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, USA
  • April 26 & 28-29 2009
    Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, Waterloo, Belgium
    Frederic Wake-Walker (Stage Director), Leo Hussain, Prima La Musica, Students of the Queen Elisabeth College of Music
  • March 5 2010
    Blackburn Hall, National Opera Studio, London, United Kingdom
    National Opera Studio
  • April 8 2010
    Teatro Comunale, Lugo, Italy
    dir. Giuseppe Grazioli, Orchestra Teatro Communale di Bologna
  • April 26 2010
    Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, United Kingdom
    cond. Timothy Redmond
  • April 30, May 3, 5, 7-8, 10 & 12 2010
    Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London, United Kingdom
    Timothy Redmond
  • September 10 2010
    open rehearsal, Brisbane, Australia
    Thomas Adès (Conductor),
  • November 9 2010
    Teatro Rossini di Lugo, Bologna, Italy
    dir. Giuseppe Grazioli, Olga Zhuravel, Michael Isherwood, Mark Panuccio, Zuzana Markova, Philip Walsh
  • April 27 2012
    Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy
    Olga Zhuravel, Zuzana Markova, Philip Walsh, Nicholas Isherwood, Orchestra Teatro la Fenice
  • April 29 2012
    Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy
    Olga Zhuravel, Zuzana Markova, Nicholas Isherwood, Orchestra Teatro la Fenice
  • May 8 2012
    Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy
    Olga Zhuravel, Zuzana Markova, Nicholas Isherwood, Orchestra Teatro la Fenice
  • February 15, 17, 21 & 23 2013
    Brooklyn Academy of Music, Gilman Opera House, New York City, USA
    New York City Opera
  • June 7, 9, 12, 14 & 16 2013
    Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, USA
    Opera Company of Philadelphia, Corrado Rovaris
  • April 2, 4-5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 19 2014
    Ambika P3, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom
    English National Opera, Edward Gardner (Conductor), Joe Hill-Gibbins (Director)

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