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I've got to disagree with `maestromouth' - this is the most important addition to modern opera since Death in Venice.,
This review is from: Adès: Powder Her Face (Audio CD)
Here Thomas Adès has presented us with a masterpiece. This opera is a cruelly human piece about the sexual exploits and proceeding trial of the Duchess of Argyll.
The composer and librettist (Philip Hensher) have created an incredibly moving work that explores the Duchess' unquenchable thirst for sex; the pitiless mockery of the various staff at the Hotel she's staying in; the unforgiving sentence of the Judge; the shameless hypocrisy of the jealous, condemning Duke; the overwhelming humiliation the Duchess suffers when she is finally asked to leave and tries to hold onto the last scraps of dignity she has.
The wonderful score Adès has written for this piece of incredible drama works perfectly. His compositional voice is fantastically versatile - combining Weill and Berg and his own extraordinarily original style.
This is a soberingly, profoundly, brutally beautiful work written by the most inspired and intelligent composer of the last 30 years.