Sunday, January 2

Anna Nicole the Opera opens next month

As already mentioned, the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage's  opera Anna Nicole will be presented by the Royal Opera from February 17th until 4th March.  It will star Dutch soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek as the late model and Playboy playmate.

Anna Nicole Smith was Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1993. She received notoriety when she married 89-year-old Houston oil tycoon J Howard Marshall II the following year and after his death in 1995 fought a protracted legal battle with his son over his estimated $500 million fortune. She died of an accidental drug overdose in 2007 at the age of 39.

Sex, extreme language and drug abuse are all part of the opera as they were ingredients in a life that went from the dubious glamour of the sex symbol, through long and vicious legal struggles to the fatal overdose
Turnage is the composer of "Greek" and the West End show "Jerry Springer: The Opera." The libretto is by Richard Thomas. The Royal Opera Covent Garden Music Director Antonio Pappano will conduct and Richard Jones will direct.

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