Powder Her Face

(1995)

by Thomas Adès

Description
chamber opera in 2 acts and 8 scenes for 4 singers and 15 players
Contributors
Hensher P (Text)
Duration
115
Genres
Opera
Text
Philip Hensher
Instrumentation
3 cl(I in Bb=bcl+ssax+bsax.II in A=bcl+asax+bsax.III in A=bcl+cbcl+swanee whistle) – hn.tpt.trbn – perc(1): 2 t.bells/SD/flat BD/small bongo/2 timb/rototom/cyms/susp.cym/miniature 8-inch susp.cym/siz.cym/hi-hat/wdbl/3 tpl.bl (medium to small)/3 susp.brake drum/tamb/tgl/tam-t/vibraslap/washboard/cabaça/whip/lion's roar/popgun/rattle/flexatone/guiro/scrap metal, crockery or glass/large fishing reel/electric bell/swanee whistle – harp(=electric bell+fishing reel) – button accordion(=electric bell+fishing reel) – pno(=fishing reel) – 2 vln.vla.vlc.db(=fishing reel)
Singer(s)
Duchess (S)/Hotel Manager (B)/Electrician (T)/Maid (S)
Languages
English
Commission

Commissioned by Almeida Opera

First Performance
1.7.1995, Cheltenham Festival, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, UK: Valdine Anderson/Roger Bryson/Jill Gomez/Niall Morris/Almeida Opera/Brad Cohen/dir. David Farr
Availability

Full score 0-571-51995-4, vocal score 0-571-51730-7 and libretto 0-571-51611-4 on sale, parts for hire

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