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Turnage, Mark-Anthony

Anna Nicole (2008-10)

Duration: 120 minutes
Opera in 2 acts

Libretto by Richard Thomas (E)

Scoring
Major roles: S,M,T,Bar; Minor roles: 3M,5T,3Bar,B; SATB chorus
3(III=picc,afl).3(II,III=corA).2(II=bcl).2ssax.2.dbn-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(3):vib/marimba/t.bells/wdbl(sm)/tamb/metal bar/wooden cube/guiro/tpl.bl/tgl/claves/h.bells/brake dr(lg)/SD/quica/bongo/TD/BD(lg)/susp.cym(lg)/2gongs/tam-t(lg)-harp-pft(=cel)-strings(8.8.6.6.4)
Jazz ensemble: elec.gtr(=banjo,mand)-elec.bass(=mand)-drums.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
2/17/2011
Royal Opera House, London
Richard Jones, director
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Company: Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus

Roles

ANNA NICOLESoprano
VIRGIEMezzo-Soprano
MARSHALLTenor
STERNBaritone
AUNT KAYMezzo-Soprano
MELISSAMezzo-Soprano
SHELLEYMezzo-Soprano
DOCTOR YESTenor
LARRY KINGTenor
MAYORTenor
TRUCKERTenor
DANIELTenor
BILLYBaritone
DEPUTY MAYORBaritone
PATRONBaritone
DADDY HOGANBass
MARSHALL FAMILYSATB
MEAT RACK QUARTETSSAA
GENTLEMENTB
MEXICANSTB
ChorusSATB
DancersSA


Time and Place
Modern USA


Press Quotes
"I’ll eat my six-gallon hat if it’s not a stonking great hit... It’s often very funny, but it’s not just a crude farce with a downbeat ending: I think it is underpinned by genuine compassion for Anna Nicole and genuine scorn for the forces that mould, and then destroy her. What makes this opera so exciting, however, is that Turnage seems to have found precisely the right musical idiom for such a drama - an Americana, brashly orchestrated and violently propulsive which embraces jazz, blues, musical comedy, and lounge smooch so ingeniously and responsively as to transcend mere pastiche. It doesn’t set out to be a complex or a subtle score, but it packs an irresistibly visceral punch."
Daily Telegraph


Moods
Comic, Tragic


Subjects
Contemporary, Ethics, Relationships, Society


Recommended Recording
Eva-Maria Westbroek / Alan Oke / Gerald Finley / Susan Bickley /
Loré Lixenberg / Peter Hoare / Rebecca de Pont Davies /
Dominic Rowntree / Allison Cook / Andrew Rees / Grant Doyle / Wynne Evans
Richard Jones, director
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House / Antonio Pappano
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 23 & 26 February 2011
Opus Arte DVD 490935

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