Opera on the Avalon

Powder Her Face

Powder Her Face is inspired by the real-life sex scandal that rocked Britain in the early 60s. Thomas Adès‘ 1995 chamber opera plays off the public’s obsession with the tabloid controversy surrounding a series of Polaroid photos of Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, dubbed the “Dirty Duchess.” Through the prism of Campbell’s life story,  Powder Her Face explores the intersection of gender, politics, and power. Libretto by Philip Hensher.

CAST

LAUREN PEARL EBERWEIN, Duchess

LARA SECORD-HAID, Maid / Confidante / Waitress / Mistress / Rubbernecker / Society Journalist

JAMES MCLENNAN, Electrician / Lounge Lizard / Waiter / Priest / Rubbernecker / Delivery Boy

PRODUCTION

RUTH LAWRENCE, Director

DANA FRADKIN, Assistant Director

JUDITH YAN, Conductor

KEITH ROBERTS, Costume Designer

AMANDA KLEIN, Stage Manager

KATE STENSON, Production Manager

STÉPHANIE GOUIN, Rehearsal Pianist 

Contact Us

Opera on the Avalon
78 O’Leary Avenue
St. John’s, NL, A1B 2C7

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(709) 738 1322

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Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the land on which we gather as the ancestral homelands of the Beothuk [bee-oth-uck], whose culture has now been erased forever. We also acknowledge the island of Ktaqmkuk [dah-gmm-gook] (Newfoundland) as the unceded, traditional territory of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq [mig-maw]. And we acknowledge Labrador as the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Innu [in-ew] of Nitassinan [ne-tass-eh-nen], the Inuit [in-yoo-eet] of Nunatsiavut [nu-nat-see-ah-vut], and the Inuit of NunatuKavut [nu-nah-tuhk-ah-vut]. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. As First Peoples have done since time immemorial, we strive to be responsible stewards of the land and to respect the cultures, ceremonies, and traditions of all who call it home. As we open our hearts and minds to the past, we commit ourselves to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to make a better future for all.

Opera on the Avalon is funded in part by The Government of Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the City of St. John’s, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Opera on the Avalon thanks our Generous Sponsors Cahill, Coast 101.1 FM, Cox & Palmer, Fortis, Marco Group, and Gluskin Sheff, Genoa Design International, Toronto Dominion Bank and Travelers.