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Ades: Powder Her Face / Ades, Gomez, Almeida Ensemble


Release Date: 11/03/1998 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 56649   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Thomas Adès
Performer:  Jill GomezValdine AndersonNiall MorrisRoger Bryson
Conductor:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Almeida Ensemble
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

[T]he production is superbly executed, and that all four vocalists are outstanding: Jill Gomez projects real "presence" as the only singer without multiple roles, and Roger Bryson delivers his lines with a sort of sputtering rage that had me both terrified and guffawing in places. And Niall Morris and Valdine Anderson almost steal the show with their merry-go-round of roles, delivered in a breathless rush of virtuosity.

-- Robert Carl, FANFARE [7/1999]

This recording was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Opera Recording."
[T]he production is superbly executed, and that all four vocalists are outstanding: Jill Gomez projects real "presence" as the only singer without multiple roles, and Roger Bryson delivers his lines with a sort of sputtering rage that had me both terrified and guffawing in places. And Niall Morris and Valdine Anderson almost steal the show with their merry-go-round of roles, delivered in a breathless rush of virtuosity.

-- Robert Carl, FANFARE [7/1999]

This recording was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for "Best Opera Recording."
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Works on This Recording

1.
Powder Her Face, Op. 14 by Thomas Adès
Performer:  Jill Gomez (Soprano), Valdine Anderson (Soprano), Niall Morris (Tenor),
Roger Bryson (Bass)
Conductor:  Thomas Adès
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Almeida Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1995; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Rosslyn Hill Chapel, London, England 
Length: 115 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I: Overture (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Oo, aa! ha ha ha ha ha (Maid/Electrician)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: I see. This is what it has come to
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Take it from me (Duchess/Electrician/Maid)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 1: Nineteen ninety: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: Of course she's done well
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: I could never grow bored of dukedoms (Confidante/Lounge Lizard/Duchess)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: I hear him coming (Pantomime) (Duchess/Confidante/Lounge Lizard/Duke)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 2: Nineteen thirty-four: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Fancy, fancy being rich (Waitress)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Interlude - Scene 4: Nineteen fifty-three ...mm...ah!...How may I help you? (Duchess/Laundryman/Other Guest)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: ...mm..ah!...Room service?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: What have you got there?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Come here (Duchess/Waiter)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 3: Nineteen thirty-six: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Is Daddy squiffy?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Are you saying the Duchess is a whore?
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, ACT I, Scene 5: Nineteen fifty-three: Ha ha ha ha...(Paper chase) (Mistress/Duke)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 6: Nineteen fifty-five: Did she?...Of course she did (Rubberneckers)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 6: Nineteen fifty-five: Order. Silence
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 6: Nineteen fifty-five: But now I have heard something new (Judge)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 6: Nineteen fifty-five: Did you hear - What he said? (Rubberneckers)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 6: Nineteen fifty-five: So that is all (Duchess/Rubberneckers)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 6: Nineteen fifty-five: Interlude (Orchestra)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 7: Nineteen seventy: I'd like to make one thing entirely clear
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 7: Nineteen seventy: Ah! None left (Duchess/Society Journalist/Delivery Boy)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 7: Nineteen seventy: Interlude Fifty-eight, seventy-nine (Duchess)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 8: Nineteen ninety: Agh - Who are you? (Duchess/Hotel Manager)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 8: Nineteen ninety: That will do. You may go (Duchess)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Scene 8: Nineteen ninety: Broken. It's broken (Duchess/Hotel Manager)
Powder Her Face (an Opera in two acts) Op.14, Act II, Ghost Epilogue: Enough...Or too much! (Maid/Electrician)

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