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Music Text

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)

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

Roles

ANNA NICOLE Soprano
VIRGIE Mezzo-Soprano
MARSHALL Tenor
STERN Baritone
AUNT KAY Mezzo-Soprano
MELISSA Mezzo-Soprano
SHELLEY Mezzo-Soprano
DOCTOR YES Tenor
LARRY KING Tenor
MAYOR Tenor
TRUCKER Tenor
DANIEL Tenor
BILLY Baritone
DEPUTY MAYOR Baritone
PATRON Baritone
DADDY HOGAN Bass
MARSHALL FAMILY SATB
MEAT RACK QUARTET SSAA
GENTLEMEN TB
MEXICANS TB
Chorus SATB
Dancers SA
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
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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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