Anna Nicole, the new opera by composer Mark-Anthony Turnage and librettist Richard Thomas which enjoyed a sell-out premiere run at The Royal Opera in London, is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray from Opus Arte.
In a tragic-comic take on the extremes of celebrity culture, the new opera sees Anna Nicole Smith joining opera’s gallery of bad, sad girls. A pneumatic Playboy model who married an octogenarian billionaire, she achieved grotesque fame before her destitute, drugriddled 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!"
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
This trailer appears on boosey.com by kind permission of Opus Arte.
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