Explore Thomas Adès’s chamber opera Powder Her Face (June 7–16 at the Perelman Theater) with these great lectures and performances:

Between the Notes

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Merck Education Center

Opera Philadelphia is thrilled to present the company premiere of Thomas Adès’s provocative 1995 debut opera Powder Her Face, which the then-24-year-old composer based on a real-life sex scandal that rocked the British aristocracy in the 1960s. Opera Philadelphia Composer in Residence Lembit Beecher will perform musical excerpts and offer insights into Adès’s whimsical and powerful score, which references such 20th century composers as Benjamin Britten, Kurt Weill, and Astor Piazzolla. This event is available to Opera Philadelphia contributors of $100 or more. For more information on how to attend Between the Notes, contact Jennifer Dubin at

A Taste of Opera

Sunday, June 2, 2013 | 2:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Innovation Studio

Join Powder Her Face director Will Kerley as he shares his insights into Thomas Adès’s opera in an interview with Opera Philadelphia’s Michael Bolton. An excerpt from the opera will also be performed at the event. Registration required.

Opera Overtures

June 7–16, 2013
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Comcast Circle

Powder Her Face was ripped from tabloid headlines and has been called “a masterpiece of contemporary music drama” by The New York Times. Opera ticketholders can warm up for the Thomas Adès opera with a pre-curtain lecture in the Kimmel Center’s Comcast Circle before each performance. Join Opera Philadelphia’s Michael Bolton as he introduces patrons to the score and story in a FREE, informal talk held one hour before every performance. This event is FREE to all ticketholders for the day listed on their ticket.