With Powder her Face the Chamber Opera of Teatro Colón celebrates its 50th anniversary

With musical direction by Marcelo Ayub and stage direction by Marcelo Lombardero, Powder her Face will have two cast composed of outstanding Argentine singers in 6 performances at the 25 de Mayo Cultural Center.


Fifty years after its creation, the Chamber Opera of the Teatro Colón will present, starting Saturday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. Powder Her Face by Thomas Adès at the 25 de Mayo Cultural Center. With a total of six functions that will take place on Saturdays 23, Tuesday 26, Thursday 28, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m.


Under the musical direction of Marcelo Ayub and the stage direction of Marcelo Lombardero, this production will have a double cast composed by the sopranos Daniela Tabernig (23, 26, 29, 31) and Victoria Gaeta (28.30) as the Duchess, the bass baritone Hernán Iturralde (23, 26, 29, 31) and Roman Modzelewski (28.30) in the characters of the Hotel Manager, the tenors Santiago Burgi (23, 26, 29, 31)  and Pablo Urban (28.30) as the Electrician, and the sopranos Oriana Favaro (23, 26, 29, 31) and Constanza Díaz Falú (28.30) interpreting the Maid.


The Chamber Opera of the Teatro Colón, a proposal created in 1967 and made official in 1969, is intended as an itinerant project, to reach different stages of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, the country and abroad, promoting young artists, selected in function of the stylistic demands of the difficult genre it cultivates. Conceived as a company, teamwork, discipline and a concerted work in which the values ​​of the whole are above the individual brilliance of its members -qualities that have paramount importance in the genre of camera-, are the bases in the that the project is founded. This year we celebrated 50 years of its creation with a 2019 season that reaffirms the spirit that gave it life.


Powder Her Face is the first opera of the English composer Thomas Adès, premiered in 1995 at the Music Festival of Cheltenham, England, and with which he achieved international recognition, both critically and public. It is based on the real story of the Duchess of Argyll, one of the most select representatives of the “beautiful people” of the twentieth century, who starred in one of the most resounding sex scandals in the 60s, which led to a divorce that He occupied the front pages of the British tabloid tabloids.


To portray the different instances of this complex history, Adès makes use of an eclectic musical style, which ranges from the characteristic elements used by the avant-garde of the 20th century (Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg) to those of popular music (Kurt Weill, Astor Piazzolla). The opera was banned by the British radio Classic FM for the explicit language and especially for a scene of fellatio of the Duchess to a waiter. For this reason, the current show is suggested for people over 16 years of age.


The localities are already on sale at the ticket office of the 25 de Mayo Cultural Center, Av. Triunvirato 4444 (4524-7997), from Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 21:00. They can also be purchased online by accessing www.cc25.org