Powder Her Face

West Edge Opera, 2016

Composer: Thomas Adès
Conductor: Mary Chun
Director: Elkhanah Pulitzer
Set Design: Chad Owens
Costumes: Christine Cook
Lighting Design: Ray Oppenheimer
Wigs and Make-up: Sophia Smith
Photos: Cory Weaver


The wise director Elkhanah Pulitzer...steers her cast with exceptional fluidity
— The Financial Times
Elkhanah Pulitzer’s direction contrasted the prurient voyeurism of the public, both onstage and in the audience itself
— Opera News
vocal and theatrical magnificence...not to be missed by anyone with a taste for operatic adventure.
— San Francisco Chronicle
modern opera and West Edge Opera at their best.
— Bachtrack
The West Edge production, smartly staged by Elkhanah Pulitzer...illuminates the aristocratic character’s long slide into ruin in scene after sensational scene
— The Mercury News
Sordid and brilliant...anything but superficial
— San Francisco Classical Voice
In the perceptive staging by director Elkhanah Pulitzer the show becomes a noisy meditation on excess, morality and fame...[Powder Her Face is] powerful entertainment and also an acute assessment of modern narcissism.
— Bay Area Reporter