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powder her face thomas adès

25, 27, 31 Oct 2019
02, 07, 09 Nov 2019


Greek Premiere 


Libretto: Philip Hensher


Conductor: Nikos Vasiliou 

Director: Alexandros Efklidis


Set, Costumes: Yannis Katranitsas


Lighting: Melina Mascha


Movement: Fotis Diamantopoulos


Cast:Justine Viani, Chrissa Maliamani, Christos Kechris, Yanni Yannissis



Dimitris Travlos (cello)

Kostas Tzekos (bass clarinet) 

Babis Taliadouros (percussion)

Panagiotis Tziotis (violin) 

Stefanos Nasos (piano)

Nikos Tsoukalas (double bass)

Andreas Rolandos Theodorou (trombone)

Manos Ventouras (french horn)




additional musicians

Faidon Miliadis (violin)

Ilias Sdoukos (viola)

Gogo Xagara (harp)

Artemis Vavatsika (bayan)

Stathis Kiosoglou (saxophone)

Panagiotis Sioras (clarinet)

Dionysis Kokkolis (trumpet)









Ergon Ensemble continuing its long-standing collaboration with the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera

performs the masterly scandal-based opera Powder her face(1995) of the British music scene’s enfant terrible and Grammy and Laurence Olivier award-winner, Thomas Adès.
The work is based on the scandalous life of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, who in 1963 shocked the English audience with her sexual excesses.

The Duchess’ true and bold story, her love affairs, passions, divorces and tragic death are wonderfully portrayed through the enrapturing music of charismatic composer Thomas Adès –considered by many as Benjamin Britten’s successor– and Philip Hensher’s libretto with its peculiar language and provocative love scenes.
In his music, Thomas Adès elaborately combines various influences from Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg and Benjamin Britten to Kurt Weil’s cabarets and Astor Piazzola’s tangos, creating an opera already considered a modern classic and performed in the world’s leading opera houses.



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