Next week sees the opening of ENO’s new production of Thomas Adès's dazzling opera Powder Her Face.
Inspired by the real-life sex scandal of the notorious socialite beauty Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, the opera draws on episodes from her colourful life and the details of her shocking divorce case in 1963.
The world premiere of Powder Her Face took place in 1995 – a collaboration between ENO's Contemporary Opera Studio and the Almeida Theatre, with performances at the Cheltenham Music Festival and then at the Almeida Theatre. ENO now creates a new site-specific production for Ambika P3, described by The Guardian as ‘one of the capital’s hidden and most exciting new spaces’. This extraordinary venue, based in Marylebone, will be transformed to retell the vivacious, yet ultimately tragic, tale of the ‘Dirty Duchess’.
Young theatre director Joe Hill-Gibbins directs this new production which stars Olivier Award-winning soprano Amanda Roocroft as the infamous Duchess.
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Opening on 2 April, Powder Her Face runs for nine performances until 19 April.
Performances at Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS.