Dirty Duchess is royally mesmerising

Thomas Adès’s razor-sharp contemporary opera Powder Her Face may have caused outrage when premiered in London in 1995, but the fellatio scene that caused a furore at that time barely raised an eyebrow in this scorching production

18th March, 2018
Daire Halpin in Powder Her Face

Irish National Opera

O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin

If the Duchess of Argyll were around today, she would probably be a TV chat show regular and a prime candidate for I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! She had sex-factor, even in the swinging sixties.

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