Anna Nicole

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Anna Nicole is an opera in 2 acts by Mark-Anthony Turnage to an English libretto by Richard Thomas. It received its première on 17 February 2011 at the Royal Opera House, London, directed by Richard Jones.[1] The story is based on the life of Anna Nicole Smith. A recording of the opera was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer on 25 March 2011.[2] The broadcast drew in 67,700 viewers.[3] A special introduction and intermission was filmed - hosted by Clemency Burton-Hill.[1][4][5][6] The opera received its European continental premiere at Theater Dortmund (Germany) in April 2013 with American soprano Emily Newton in the title role.[7]

Anna Nicole received its U.S. premiere on September 17, 2013, in a production by the New York City Opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.[8] Anna Nicole was the last work to be staged by the City Opera, which ceased operations on October 1, 2013.[9]


New York Times critic Anthony Tommasini described Anna Nicole as "a weirdly inspired work... engrossing, outrageous, entertaining and, ultimately, deeply moving." He characterized the libretto as "clever, literate and perceptive" and found the score to be "pulsing, wild and, when called for, yearning. Tommasini praised the initial production as "a musically rich, audacious and inexplicably poignant work."[10]


Role Voice type Premiere cast, 17 February 2011
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Anna Nicole soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek
Virgie, her mother mezzo-soprano Susan Bickley
Daddy Hogan, her father bass Jeremy White
Billy, her first husband baritone Grant Doyle
J. Howard Marshall, her second husband tenor Alan Oke
Kay, her aunt mezzo-soprano Rebecca de Pont Davies
Shelley, her cousin mezzo-soprano Loré Lixenberg
Stern, her lawyer bass-baritone Gerald Finley
Young Daniel, her son silent Andrew Gilbert
Teenage Daniel baritone Dominic Rowntree
Larry King, a television journalist tenor Peter Hoare
Blossom mezzo-soprano Allison Cook
Doctor Yes tenor Andrew Rees
Mayor of Mexia tenor Wynne Evans
Deputy Mayor of Mexia (Roy Fiction) baritone Damian Thantrey
Trucker tenor Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts
Dominic Gent tenor Dominic Peckham
Patron baritone Grant Doyle
Runner baritone ZhengZhong Zhou
Meat Rack Quartet soprano
Marianne Cotterill
Kiera Lyness
Louise Armit
Andrea Hazell
Marshall's family mezzo-soprano
Loré Lixenberg
Rebecca de Pont Davies
Grant Doyle
Jeremy White
Four Lap Dancers soprano
Yvonne Barclay
Katy Batho
Amy Catt
Amanda Floyd
Onstage Band John Parricelli (guitarist)
John Paul Jones (bass guitarist)
Peter Erskine (drummer)


  1. ^ a b "Anna Nicole Smith opera opens in London". BBC News. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  2. ^ "Anna Nicole from the Royal Opera House". BBC Website. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  3. ^ "BBC4's Anna Nicole opera draws 70,000". Broadcast Now. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-08. 
  4. ^ Premiere details[dead link] at the Royal Opera House. Archived July 23, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Apart from that, Anna Nicole, did you enjoy the show?" by Norman Lebrecht (18 February 2011)
  6. ^ "Anna Nicole, the opera by Anne Midgette, The Washington Post (17 February 2011)
  7. ^ "Opernneuheit in Dortmund: "Anna Nicole"". Online Merker. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  8. ^ "New York City Opera and BAM Begin U.S. Premiere of ANNA NICOLE Opera Today". Broadway World. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  9. ^ "City Opera Closes Its Doors". Wall Street Journal. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  10. ^ Va-Va-Voom Goes the Soprano New York Times, February 17, 2011 (print edition February 19, p.C1/C5)

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