Touring nationwide in 2018. Powder Her Face is a co-production between Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company.

In 1963, Britain is rocked by a sensational sex scandal.

A famous aristocratic socialite is plunged into the unforgiving world of tabloid journalism.

How did it come to this - and where will it end?

A worldwide hit since it was first performed, and now a modern classic, Powder Her Face is an acerbic black comedy recounting the sordid affairs and scandalous divorce of the infamous Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. Northern Ireland Opera and Opera Theatre Company present the Irish première of this extraordinary modern opera, written by Thomas Adès, one of the greatest living composers of the 21st Century.

Directed and designed by the award-winning Antony McDonald (‘One of the wittiest and most visually alert designer-directors around’ - Opera Now) (The Importance of Being Earnest), and with Nicholas Chalmers conducting the Ulster Orchestra Powder Her Face stars soprano Mary Plazas, as the Duchess, alongside Adrian Dwyer (The Magic Flute 2011/2012), Stephen Richardson and Irish soprano Daire Halpin (Don Giovanni 2016. Orfeo 2012).

Irish Nationwide tour in 2018 from 24 Feb - 9 March full booking details coming soon.

Tour Details

Production Information


Duchess Mary Plazas
Electrician Adrian Dwyer
Hotel Manager Stephen Richardson
Maid Daire Halpin

Creative Team

Conductor Nicholas Chalmers
Director/Designer Antony McDonald
Lighting Designer Fabiana Piccioli