In a tragic-comic take on the extremes of celebrity culture, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, librettist Richard Thomas and director Richard Jones add Anna Nicole Smith to opera’s gallery of bad, sad girls. A pneumatic Playboy model who married an octogenarian billionaire, she achieved grotesque fame before her destitute, drug-riddled death.
With its jazz-coloured score and Eva-Maria Westbroek’s starry performance, this is, as the New York Times said: “an engrossing outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately deeply moving opera”.
"...It's a tremendous show...shocking it isn't; stunning it is!" The Independent
CAST Anna Nicole: Eva-Maria Westbroek Old Man Marshall: Alan Oke The Lawyer Stern: Gerald Finley Virgie: Susan Bickley Cousin Shelley: Loré Lixenberg Larry King: Peter Hoare Aunt Kay: Rebecca de Pont Davies Older Daniel: Dominic Rowntree Blossom: Allison Cook Doctor: Andrew Rees Billy: Grant Doyle Mayor: Wynne Evans
Director: Richard Jones Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, 23 & 26 February 2011
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