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27 Apr 2010

Smut and loathing in Powder Her Face

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/music/review-23828539-smut-and-loathing-in-powder-her-face.do

By Barry Millington [Evening Standard, 27 April 2010]

If for no other reason, Thomas Adès’s and Philip Hensher’s Powder her Face will go down, like the Duchess of Argyll herself, for an act of dubious taste. The first blow-job on the operatic stage is administered by the “Dirty Duchess” (sadly based on a real-life celebrity), servicing a waiter in her hotel room.

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