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. 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. The broadcast drew in 67,700 viewers. A special introduction and intermission was filmed - hosted by Clemency Burton-Hill. The opera received its European continental premiere at Theater Dortmund (Germany) in April 2013 with American soprano Emily Newton in the title role.
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. Anna Nicole was the last work to be staged by the City Opera, which ceased operations on October 1, 2013.
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."
|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|
|Doctor Yes||tenor||Andrew Rees|
|Mayor of Mexia||tenor||Wynne Evans|
|Deputy Mayor of Mexia (Roy Fiction)||baritone||Damian Thantrey|
|Dominic Gent||tenor||Dominic Peckham|
|Meat Rack Quartet||soprano
Rebecca de Pont Davies
|Four Lap Dancers||soprano
|Onstage Band||John Parricelli (guitarist)
John Paul Jones (bass guitarist)
Peter Erskine (drummer)
- "Anna Nicole Smith opera opens in London". BBC News. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-19.
- "Anna Nicole from the Royal Opera House". BBC Website. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- "BBC4's Anna Nicole opera draws 70,000". Broadcast Now. 28 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Premiere details[dead link] at the Royal Opera House. Archived July 23, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- "Apart from that, Anna Nicole, did you enjoy the show?" by Norman Lebrecht (18 February 2011)
- "Anna Nicole, the opera by Anne Midgette, The Washington Post (17 February 2011)
- "Opernneuheit in Dortmund: "Anna Nicole"". Online Merker. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- "New York City Opera and BAM Begin U.S. Premiere of ANNA NICOLE Opera Today". Broadway World. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- "City Opera Closes Its Doors". Wall Street Journal. 1 October 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- Va-Va-Voom Goes the Soprano New York Times, February 17, 2011 (print edition February 19, p.C1/C5)
- "A Tabloid Star Is Joining the Sisterhood of the Fallen" by Michael White, The New York Times (11 February 2011)
- Anna Nicole (trailer) - Royal Opera House on YouTube (February 2011)
- Anna Nicole (trailer) - Oper Dortmund on YouTube (April 2013)
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